30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life, Revised and Expanded

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FT Press, Sep 21, 2012 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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Better critical thinking can transform your life and help you improve every decision you make! Now, in just 30 days, master specific, easy-to-learn critical thinking techniques that help you cut through lies, gain insight, and make smarter choices in every area of your life -- from work and money to intimate relationships. World-renowned critical thinking experts Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Richard Paul show how to overcome poor thinking habits caused by self-delusion or out-of-control emotions... clarify what you really want... recognize what you don’t know… ask better questions... resist brainwashing, manipulation, and hypocrisy... critically evaluate what you’re told by advertisers, politicians, your boss, and even your family… avoid worrying, conformism, and blame. Every day, you'll focus on a specific thinking habit, mastering practical strategies for achieving results, tracking your progress, gaining confidence, and getting smarter! Expanded, improved, and easier to use, Discover the Power of Critical Thinking, Revised and Expanded edition offers today's most complete, practical plan for using critical thinking to build a better life. This edition adds five new "days" of critical thinking workouts, delivering even more powerful "life improvement" ideas. Brand-new illustrations and diagrams help you see the direct relevance of critical thinking in your own life, and you'll find a practical new introduction to the authors' Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, which is now being used by critical thinkers worldwide!
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Discover Your Ignorance
47
Strive to Be a Person of Integrity Beware of Your Own Hypocrisy
51
Empathize with Others
55
Deliberately Target Your Purposes
57
Dont Be a Conformist Think for Yourself
61
Clarify Your Thinking
67
Be Relevant Stick to the Point
71
Dont Dominate Others Dont Be a Top Dog
119
Dont Be Submissive Dont Be an Underdog
123
Dont Be Brainwashed by the News Media
127
Carefully Choose the Ideas You Take in from Television Ads Movies and the Internet
131
Dont Be Bamboozled by Politicians
135
Dont Be a Blamer
139
Dont Be Righteous Show Mercy
143
Vow to Spend No Time Worrying
147

Be Reasonable
73
Ask Deep Questions
77
Distinguish Among Questions of Fact Preference and Judgment
81
Think Through Implications
87
Distinguish Inferences from Assumptions
91
Dont Be Fooled by the Words People Use Look Underneath Words to Unspoken Realities
97
When You Think You Have Arrived as a Critical Thinker Think Again
103
Be Fair Not Selfish
107
Get Control of Your Emotions
111
Take Control of Your Desires
115
Be a Citizen of the World
151
Do Something Anything to Help Make the World Better
155
See Your Development Occurring in Stages
157
Educate Yourself
163
Figure Out Where to Go from Here
167
Reading Backwards
171
Recommended Readings to Augment the Strategies
173
Glossary of Terms
177
Index
219
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Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist, executive director of the Center for Critical Thinking, and president of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. She is highly published and has a special interest in the relationship between cognition and effect, or thought and emotion. She has developed an original theory of the stages of critical-thinking development. She is a major keynote presenter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking, is highly sought after as a speaker, and is a recognized leader in critical thinking.

Dr. Richard Paul is founder of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for 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, Polish, Chinese, Turkish, Greek, Thai, 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. It is a testament to the contributions of Paul and Elder to the growing field of critical thinking studies.

The Foundation for Critical Thinking seeks to promote essential change in society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking, thinking predisposed toward intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity, and intellectual 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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