25 Days to Better Thinking & Better Living: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life

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Prentice Hall Professional, 2006 - Self-Help - 89 pages

You are what you think! Take control of your thinking...and start living life to the fullest! In just 25 days, you can discover how to cut through lies, gain insight, and make smarter choices in every area of your life from work and money to your intimate relationships. Discover how to overcome bad thinking habits caused by self-delusion or out-of-control emotions...clarify what you really want...recognize what you don't know. Ask the right questions...resist brainwashing, manipulation, and hypocrisy...Avoid worrying, conformism, and blame!

  • 25 powerful ways to improve your thinking and make smarter, better decisions.
  • Stop deceiving yourself: Overcome built-in self-delusion, wishful thinking, and worrying.
  • Use better thinking to make better decisions at work, at home, and throughout your life.
  • Critically evaluate what you're told by advertisers, politicians, your boss...even your family!
  • Quick, practical, easy to use! Includes daily/weekly action plans, progress notes, and more.

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Elder and Paul, both specialists in the area of critical thinking, present a 25-step plan for overcoming bad thinking habits and, in turn, improving oneƒ¯‚¿‚½s quality of life. Starting with the ... Read full review


This is the day to empathize with others
This is the day to discover your ignorance
This is the day for integrity
This is the day to catch yourself being selfish
This is the day to target purposes
This is the day to be clear
This is the day to be relevant
This is the day to ask deep questions
This is the day to stop blaming your parents
This is the day to critique the news media
This is the day to notice the vested interest of politicians
This is the day to be a citizen of the world
This is the day to critique TV movies and ads
This is the day to contribute something to the world
This is the day to begin to educate yourself
This is the day to develop a plan

This is the day to think through implications
This is the day to get control of your emotions
This is the day to take control of your desires
This is the day to be reasonable
This is the day to show mercy
This is the day to think for yourself
This is the day to abandon domination
This is the day to be independent
This is the day to stop worrying
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Daily Action Plan
Daily Progress Notes
Weekly Action Plan
Weekly Progress Notes
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About the author (2006)

Dr. Linda Elder is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking, a leading international institute that promotes critical thinking in every domain of human life. An educational psychologist, she has developed an original stage theory of critical thinking development and coauthors a column on critical thinking for The Journal of Developmental Education. She is highly published and has done original research into the relation of thought and emotion and into the stages of critical thinking development. She is a regular keynoter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking, is highly sought after as a presenter, and is a recognized leader in critical thinking.

Dr. Richard Paul is Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. He is an internationally recognized authority on critical thinking, with nine books and more than 200 articles on the subject. His views on critical thinking have been canvassed in the New York Times, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Teacher, Reader's Digest, Educational Leadership, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report.

The works of Linda Elder and Richard Paul have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. Translations are underway in Russian, Malay, and Korean. The growing demand for translations into increasing numbers of languages testifies to the emerging international recognition of the importance of critical thinking in human life and work and of the authoritative nature of the contribution of Paul and Elder in the field.

The Foundation for Critical Thinking seeks to promote essential change in society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking, thinking predisposed toward intellectual empathy, humility, perseverance, integrity, and responsibility. In a world of accelerating change, intensifying complexity, and increasing interdependence, critical thinking is now a requirement for economic and social survival. Contact the Foundation for Critical Thinking at www.criticalthinking.org.

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