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Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking assessment

People who score well in Critical Thinking also rate well in analysis and problem-solving skills. Weakness in our judgment increases the risk of poor decisions leading to poor performance.

When we understand our potential limitations and blind spots, we can account for them and make more balanced, thoughtful and conscious decisions. The assessment measures three core thinking dimensions: Intuitive, Practical and Conceptual.


Critical Thinking patterns

Intuitive Thinking: The ability to understand and appreciate others in different situations.

Practical Thinking: The ability to understand and compare the functional worth of things, situations or events.

Conceptual Thinking: The ability to understand the need for order, structure and big picture thinking.

Improve your inductive reasoning

Inductive reasoning is something we do every day. Inductive reasoning or inductive logic creates a causal link between a premise and a hypothesis. With inductive reasoning you draw a general conclusion from a set of observations. It can be thought of as bottom-up reasoning as you create an answer from a set of observations. For example, “My bus is always late, therefore all buses must be late”. You could say that is very poor inductive reasoning, but that’s the point. Improving your inductive reasoning is about recognising and improving the way we collect, assess information and then draw conclusions from that.

Improve your deductive reasoning

Deductive reasoning takes a more logical approach to decision-making, it’s about making logical, sound conclusions. The conclusion, the decision, is seen to be the only obvious answer as a self-evident truth. It uses several facts and creates the logical conclusion from that.

A syllogism, in logic, is valid deductive reasoning having at least two premises and a conclusion.


Effective critical thinking skills benefits

  • It helps to build stronger, more resilient businesses, families, communities, and society by helping to manage the ever-increasing rate of change in the world today.

  • It helps you to think outside the box and solve problems in creative and innovative ways

  • Improved, more reasoned decision-making, making better choices. You become a more reasoned and balanced problem solver

  • It helps you to decide what to believe and what to do, to form your own opinions on a subject, to develop your own personal ethics

  • It applies to life and business in any field. It improves your ability to understand difficult concepts and relay those back to others

  • Improve your comprehension skills in both conversation and reading

  • Evaluate an argument's validity and its potential consequences. Allows you to arrive at more reasoned, decisive and appropriate actions.

  • Improve the quality of your own work. It can help you to be more curious and creative.

  • Improves your problem-solving abilities. It helps to create independence. It’s a life skill.

  • It helps you to evaluate yourself, not just others. You can be happier by being clearer on how you think and why, you can know yourself better and so focus on your strengths and address your weaknesses and so it improves relationships too.

  • It builds empathy with other points of view and so it helps to build improved teamwork and leadership skills

  • Improves your communication skills by developing a more in depth and wider view of a problem, so you can present your arguments and reasoning more clearly

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