The elements needing consideration are generally numerous and varied.
In many cases, consideration of one element from a different perspective will reveal potential dangers in pursuing our decision.
Specifically we need to be able to: You should be aware that none of us think critically all the time.
Sometimes we think in almost any way but critically, for example when our self-control is affected by anger, grief or joy or when we are feeling just plain ‘bloody minded’.
The more clearly we are aware of ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, the more likely our critical thinking will be productive.
Perhaps the most important element of thinking critically is foresight.
Critical thinking is thinking about things in certain ways so as to arrive at the best possible solution in the circumstances that the thinker is aware of.
In more everyday language, it is a way of thinking about whatever is presently occupying your mind so that you come to the best possible conclusion.
Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.
In essence, critical thinking requires you to use your ability to reason.