Overcoming Barriers To Critical Thinking

Barriers to Critical Thinking

Barriers to critical thinking can harm, and even seriously injure critical thinking concepts. Let’s call theses threats land mines.

Much thinking of the untrained mind is distorted, incomplete, biased, uninformed and prejudiced.

This kind of thinking creates a potential mine field that can hold a person back from using his/her knowledge, schooling, experience, reasoning, intuition, common sense and confidence to make informed decisions.

This section was created to raise awareness of the critical thinking mine field and ways of avoiding the mines. Then, you can focus your efforts on thinking more critically.

Critical Thinking Land Mines

Below are several Barriers to Critical Thinking to be aware of:


• Egocentric Thinking

• Social Conditioning

• Biased Experiences

• Arrogance and Intolerance

• Schedule Pressures

• Group Think

• The Drone Mentality


To sidestep the critical thinking land mines first become aware of them. Then, make a conscious effort to avoid them.

Becoming a critical thinker requires continually questioning your thinking and ideas as well as the thinking and ideas of others. This separates you from the crowd.

The power and confidence gained by making informed decisions is a worthy reward.

Sidestepping the Land Mines


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Barriers and Obstacles to Critical Thinking
Your Name
PHL 251
March 21, 2011
Philip Reynolds

Barriers and Obstacles to Critical Thinking Critical thinking helps thinkers to act instead of reacting. Reacting results in hasty decisions that are not always well thought-out. Quick decisions can lead to error or cause more problems. Evaluating decision is important to the decision-making process. During reflections a thinker can rethink what the outcome was and if the problem could have been addressed in a better manner. By evaluating decisions a thinker is learning what works and what does not work, therefore, fostering successful problem- solving and decision-making skills. However, critical thinking can be damaged or affected by…show more content…

The understanding of others is a welcomed benefit.
Although experience is a wonderful teacher, if it is filtered through a biased or distorted view, that is how it is remembered. Self- delusion supports self-delusion. Create an open mind and question logic by asking again and again, “Am I thinking logically and rationally”. This is called a sanity check. Another good sanity check is choosing friends and colleagues who will speak truthfully, not just echoing words of affirmation. These friends are priceless as sounding boards for stream of thought and rational thinking.
Scheduled pressure can be an enemy of sound critical thinking. They can lead to cutting corners which may lead to making mistakes and poor decision making. Stress can also lead to mistakes and bad decision making. Procrastination at time is result of not knowing where to start can result in more stress and cutting corners. To overcome this barrier is as simple as proper planning and execution.
Group thinking is danger to critical thinking. Critical thinking by its very nature questions ideas, opinions, and thoughts of oneself and others. It uses internal and external reflection. Sources include radio, television, newspaper, magazines and the internet to reflect what is called normal thinking. Questioning the source and what heard are ways to demonstrate critical thinking skills. Being a thinker takes conscious and constant

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