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

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  766 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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-from dishonest politicians to aggressive, stop-at-nothing ad agencies. Unfortunately, many people never give any thought to how they think. No wonder they're susceptible to the frustration, pain, ineffectiven ...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 13th 2002 by FT Press
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Jun 12, 2013 Richel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
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!
Dave B.
Oct 18, 2011 Dave B. rated it really liked it
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
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
Dale Pearl
Apr 09, 2014 Dale Pearl rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 22, 2017 Juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Creo que es uno de estos libros que pondría en la lista obligatoria de lectura para mis hijos antes de entrar en el mundo adulto. Si lo hubiese leído cuando descubrí que la capacidad humana para el auto-engaño es infinita, me hubiese sido de mucha ayuda…
Es un libro denso, para leer despacio y practicar pero que en última instancia puede ser realmente útil para el desarrollo personal. Al final de cada capítulo tiene apartados para practicar los conceptos.
El mayor inconveniente es que es muy, pero
Zhengpeng Hou
Jan 15, 2017 Zhengpeng Hou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book I wanted to read

I watched the video of Paul about critical thinking, which was impress, then I bought this book tried to read it. I admit that the book is very useful with my thinking. I read it cover to cover, defiantly worth to re-read it.
Kipriadi prawira
Nov 04, 2013 Kipriadi prawira rated it really liked it
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
Charles Legg Jr.
Jun 29, 2013 Charles Legg Jr. rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 06, 2012 Gabrielle rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
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.
Skip Scott
Feb 20, 2013 Skip Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: management
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.
Jan 15, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it
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.
Muhammad Ameen
Feb 03, 2017 Muhammad Ameen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book and I didn't even get those feelings of 'what am I supposed to do with my life now?'. My first reaction was to just reread it from time to time.
May 20, 2012 John rated it really liked it
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.
Carlos Mueses
Mar 21, 2014 Carlos Mueses rated it really liked it
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.

Maria Miaoulis
Oct 03, 2014 Maria Miaoulis rated it liked it
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.
Dec 24, 2015 Derrick rated it it was ok
It was an interesting book. I just didn't care for it. The book just drug on and on forever. I do hope to use some of the ideas and concepts to evaluate my thinking, especially in my professional life. I thoroughly enjoyed the last three or four chapters. As they were summaries of the entire book with very specific, "ok now, how does this apply to me" questions and ideas.
Mar 05, 2012 Alexis rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 23, 2012 Eduardo rated it liked it
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.
Chien-Lan Hsueh
Feb 04, 2013 Chien-Lan Hsueh rated it really liked it
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.
Fred Grannan
This is an excellent book and one that will be used more as a reference and growth tool relative to improving my thinking processes. It was not a book to read cover to cover for me and will likely never be. I will keep and reference this book often I expect.
Jan 20, 2014 firecracker2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 05, 2012 Mars rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 10, 2013 Hoa rated it liked it
Book gets a little repetitive, but good concepts about ethics, decision making and self reflection.
David Kosina
Nov 30, 2016 David Kosina rated it liked it
Shelves: en
The book contains some really useful ideas and insighths which make it worth of reading; however, in my oppinion, there is also a lot of padding which can be simply skipped.
May 03, 2016 Dy-an rated it liked it
Shelves: work
I can sum this whole book up in two words: Question everything.
Oct 03, 2013 Neowuf rated it it was amazing
Not about techniques, but about concepts of how to critical think. A great book, lots of exercises I do have to re-read and think a lot about. I do recomend ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Mribin rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book & have a chance to see how our thinking is shaping our lives as individuals as well as in society
Mar 03, 2012 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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.
Oct 06, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy going but very informative and challenging.
Jan 07, 2017 Masa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
The example were practical and provocative. They followed dialogue and thought process of each person. I also liked the variety of situations he's brought up from relationship to business.
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