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How to Develop Strong Critical Reasoning Skills

Updated on February 19, 2017

Use Your Thinking Cap

Using workbooks to help develop your reasoning skills is a great idea. Always study and prepare to the best of your ability for maximum results.
Using workbooks to help develop your reasoning skills is a great idea. Always study and prepare to the best of your ability for maximum results. | Source
Solving Problems and Critical Thinking skills are an excellent quality to possess in the management field.
Solving Problems and Critical Thinking skills are an excellent quality to possess in the management field. | Source
Critical Reasoning is a part of your brain that thinks things through.
Critical Reasoning is a part of your brain that thinks things through. | Source
Always have on your thinking cap when making major decisions or choices.
Always have on your thinking cap when making major decisions or choices. | Source

Think Before You Speak

We as a society are quick to judge and quick to anger and take a long time to forgive in certain situations or with certain people that you are acquainted with. It is important if there is a disagreement whether in the work place or at home, you want to be careful about how you react to situations that occur throughout the day. You know that you are a bigger person when you consider the other person or parties' feelings in the situation that has happened. If a confrontation happens at work or if a patient is really ugly in how they act, all you can do is pause and take a deep breath.

Sometimes taking the time to take a step back to really think about what to say before just blurting out what pops into your head takes discipline and maturity. If the person or group that you are having the discussion with is someone that you necessarily do not like, it will take some discipline to stay calm.

Critical thinking skills can come in handy to see both sides and kind of be a mediator to the situation and trying to keep things calm. Sometimes, just how we pick our words, can determine whether the situation can have a peaceful or not so peaceful outcome.

Your tone is very important when speaking to your employees or your boss. Remember, you are not trying to put them down or hurt their feelings, only trying to help pick them up when they make a mistake. Hopefully, this will make for a happier employee.

Problem solving skills and patience are two of the most important elements in developing reasoning skills.

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Using Critical Thinking Day to Day

I did work for a doctor who does Physical Medicine & Rehab, I had to be ready for anything at any time and I have to be a critical thinker each day. Things happen really fast when they happen and you have to be able to think quickly on your feet and be able to make decisions on your own at times. Sometimes you will choose right and sometimes you just make a huge mess. At the end of the day, what matters is that you tried your hardest. Trying to use critical thinking and staying on step ahead of the doctor is a daily chore for me and a large part of my job.

Being a good listener to the patients and being able to convey what is going on with that patient to my doctor is 100% of the job.

When patients are given their MRI results whether over the phone or in person, if I am giving the patient test results over the phone, I make sure that I speak clearly and with confidence. I want them to feel like I am really taking time with them and letting them know that I am concerned and this seems to go a long way especially, with the older patients who are used to more one-on-one time.

Critical Thinking Skills and Organization

Always organize your thoughts on paper or on the electronic device of your choice. Remember, you are not the boss, you are the leader. Remember motivate, do not dominate. Some people have this ability and the power of persuasion to just get people to do whatever they want them to do. I don't know if these particular people use reverse psychology to get what they want or if their power of persuasion to get you to do what they want but, they somehow keep their calm and they usually get what they want out of you.

Being a Medical Assistant I have to be able to think on my feet and make decisions sometimes at the spur of the moment. The decisions that I have to make sometimes on a daily basis are what would be the best for my patient in a certain situation. This is where the critical thinking comes in I then have to decide how the decision I have just made is going to affect the outcome of the situation My boss trusts my judgement and this is something that has to be earned over time.

Developing problem solving skills and critical thinking is great but, to be organized on top of that, you can be a real asset to a busy doctor or executive. After trust has been established more and more responsibilities may be added to your job description/position once you have proven that you can handle the pressure. With added responsibility, at times, comes extra pay. You might get a raise if you have a lot of added responsibility. Use those critical skills and make your boss want to keep you.

Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking Skills-Video Games

A place that you might not even think of that would require critical thinking skills are in video games. I have watched my step-son play his video games and if gets "stuck" at a place for a while, he will keep trying until he beats it. He will try something a little different each time until he figures out for instance, how to unlock a safe, how to get past a guard, and many other tasks. You have to use you thinking and reasoning skills to get out of each section of the game.

I realize that some people would say that it is not good for a child to be in front of the television all the time. A good hour of time two to three times per week will work on hand and eye coordination and work on their critical thinking and reason skills as well.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      Akhil Dev 4 years ago from India

      great hub.. loved it... :)