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Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  254 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The world gets more complex every day -- and you have to cope with that complexity in every part of your life, personal and professional. This book gives you the practical critical thinking skills you need to take control of your life, help you cope with virtually any situation -- and be more successful in pursuing your ultimate dreams and values. You'll learn how to "take...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 13th 2002 by FT Press
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Pete R
Apr 26, 2012 Pete R added it
This is an amazingly useful book whose insights are timeless. I constantly keep going back to read some sections of it, because the matters discussed therein touch on things that happen in our day to day lives.

It first guides one in understanding our thinking in today's world, which is ever changing. The reader is then encourage to critic their own thinking. Gradually, one is able to become a fair-minded thinker based on a deep self-understanding.

What I found most useful is details of the parts...more
Dave B.
I couldn't exactly give it a full amazing rating. It is a very useful and helpful book. It provides all the helpful advice of most Stephen Covey books without the "feel-good" self help aspect. The authors provide clear details and examples of how we all error in thinking. Then provides great questions and recommendations that will help anyone improve how they think about life, issues and other people. I consider this book a reference book. I placed it on my office desk. Its full of highlights an...more
Dale Pearl
Exceptional book! If you want to improve and clarify your thought processes then this book is a must. I would suggest using it more or less like a reference book once you do a quick read through. That is going to be my strategy at least.
Provides techniques to help deal with egocentric thinking which I confess that I often struggle with.
Provides several methods for which an individual can grasp the ability to improve their ability to think logically and identify when emotions are shadowing over l...more
Maria Miaoulis
This book is definitely not light reading material, so those expecting an overview of the topic or a quick read at that will be greatly disappointed. The quality of your life is greatly influenced by your quality of thinking, and the author seeks to make you a better thinker in all facets of your life by helping you discover what level you're at now and how you can improve.
Kipriadi prawira
You are what you think…
Everything you do in life is determined by the quality of your thinking. If you aren't thinking clearly, you're at the mercy of everyone else. Unfortunately, many people never give any thought to how they think. No wonder they're susceptible to the frustration, pain, ineffectiveness, and financial loss that result directly from poorly considered thinking. Critical Thinking is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life as a professional, as a consumer, cit...more
Carlos Mueses
Great book to start the journey. This is my first book about the subject but is great eye opener, a great start.

Human behavior is fascinating. Different biases give different results, different angles and this book sheds light on some of the key factors that come into play. I can't assess how good this book is until I read some other material about the subject.

Where there are certainly some good points to ponder in this book, I found there to be far too much repetition and too little substance.
Done. There were so many important ideas about thinking and thought processes, but the voice and the tone of the writing was grating. They (perhaps the trouble comes from co-authoring) often descended into patronizing and glib examples and points of view. Too bad, because the subject is fascinating, important and relevant. I did learn a lot, but I became bored (as did my students) from reading chapter after chapter of the formulaic and oppressive prose.
Charles Legg Jr.
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning how to become a critical thinker. Critical thinking will allow you to become a better thinker in your daily life from reading editorials to making major decisions. The book is well organized and easy to follow with exercises to help understand the six stages of critical thinking. Much of what I have learned about critical thinking has come from this book.
So I pulled this one onto my kindle fire, and I must say...while I am not reading it verbatim, the principles in every chapter are proving to make the most sense I've seen in a while (in a non-religious book)
So yes, I would say give it at least a good browsing, if you have the chance.
In fact, people need to be more like what's in this book, which will only improve society, in my opinion.
Skip Scott
Excellent book on improving and understanding critical thinking. The author puts critical thinking into perspective from an individual, corporate, and group perspective. There are real world examples showing the pros and cons of rational and irrational thought processes. Highly recommend this for anyone looking to improve their thinking and decision making processes.
It informs you how to draw a reasonable outcome and evolve a vivid, accurate, and logical process of thought.

It says, that thinking is a matter of preference. If we do not learn how to take on the perspective of others, and to think as they do, then will not be able fairly judge their ideas and belief.
This book was required reading in a course I took. I found it to be an enjoyable and informative read. The examples, strategies, and test the idea activities made the content accessible. I rented this book but liked it so much I'll be buying it outright instead.
Chien-lan Hsueh
It is a little bit dry to read but I found it's very useful. If you try to finish the book quickly, it becomes hard to digest. The practical examples the Authors used in this book to explain the concepts are very helpful for me to get better understandings.
Relatively good reading for those who want to analyze their own thinking process and would like to find out the real reason for many of the decisions they take. Quite burdensome for many, as it provides detailed information at certain concepts.
Full of practical advice and ways of training yourself to investigate and critique your own thinking (and hopefully to "improve" it). The title makes it sound a bit cheesy but it's well worth the read.

This book outlined the basics of critical thinking. It focuses on the reader''s perspectives and judgements. At times, it is laden with information and ideas, but it is worth the read
A little dry, but definitely a book worth reading. I think everyone needs to analyse not only their thought processes, but also the evidence and reasoning behind things they believe.
Very practical, though a difficult read; one has to take it real slow to appreciate it.

This book has to be "chewed" and "digested", not merely to be "tasted".

Highly recommended!
Examines WAYS in which we think, and to think 'intentionally' and with purpose and meaning, and to pay attention to our thoughts and concentrate on what those thoughts are telling us.
I had to read this for school, and I found it fascinating. If you enjoy expanding your mind, you will likely enjoy this book - for the learning experience if nothing else.
Ridzuan Ashim
A really good but rather heavy read. A book that brings to light one's thought processes and how we often make poor decisions because we 'automate' much of our thinking...
Not about techniques, but about concepts of how to critical think. A great book, lot´s of exercises I do have to re-read and think a lot about. I do recomend
Everyone should read this book & have a chance to see how our thinking is shaping our lives as individuals as well as in society
Book gets a little repetitive, but good concepts about ethics, decision making and self reflection.
Heavy going but very informative and challenging.
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