To be a critical thinker, you have to be able think of things from different angles and perspectives. You can’t just look at things the traditional way or how things are normally thought of. Critical thinking isn’t like math, there isn’t one definite answer. You need to stop, step back, and take time to think things out. In critical thinking, you have to look at the information presented to you and verify in your head whether or not the information is right, wrong or neither and you have to be able to prove why you feel that way.
To be a critical thinker, you have to be able to ‘think outside the box.’ You need to have patience and determination because it is not easy to be a critical thinker. To become more of a critical thinker, you should try to become more empathetic with the people around you and understand how they feel towards things and why. In debates and arguments, you have to understand both sides of the story before arguing/debating for one side. A critical thinker would decide for him or herself which side they believe in and why based on what they feel internally, rather than blindly join a side because a friend is on it.
Critical thinking helps you distinguish and solve problems. Being a critical thinker makes you want to learn more, and you also find things more interesting. Critical thinking will also benefit you in the future because it will help you with everyday situations you might face that will force you to ‘think outside the box.’ Critical thinking will help you develop a stronger mind and will help you with university and future jobs. It is essential and important to think critically. “Critical thinking is thinking about your thinking while you’re thinking in order to make your thinking better.”– Richard Paul