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References:
Ruggiero, V. R. (2012). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (10th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Longman.

According to the text, good thinking is a habit. Which bad habits to you think hinder your ability to be a good thinker? Why?

I am going to agree with the textbook that good thinking can be a habit. For example, healthy eating, if a person has a positive habit of eating healthy they will gain a positive behavior or action to healthy eating. “Most important, it proves that you don’t need a high IQ to be a good thinker (Ruggiero, 2012 pg8).”

A bad habit that I think can hinder my ability to be a good thinker is “fear of failure.” I can find myself insecure about who I am and what I am capable of doing. When I was in high school I was so sure of what I could achieve, but once I gradated my good thinking came to a brief hiatus. For example, in high school I was an honor student all four years. When I graduated high school my best friend and I moved out to our own place. That is when the partying started. I was blinded by the partying that hindered my study time when I attended college right after high school. As I think back, I realized I created a bad habit based on me not getting good grades in college. I was not getting good grades because I was partying too much instead of studying. I do not have this fear of failure all the time, but the reason why I feel this way is because it was a bad habit picked up by the wrong reason. Now that I am able to admit my fear of failure it helps me to overcome that bad habit. “You must supply the most important ingredients: the desire to improve and the willingness to apply what you learn (Ruggiero, 2012 pg9).”

References:
Ruggiero, V. R. (2012). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (10th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Longman. What is active listening? How do you think active listening is related to critical thinking?

Active listening is just being a great listener, paying attention and just trying to understand what is being said. For example, if someone asked me a question, I will repeat back what I think they said; in my own words to be sure I had a clear understanding of what was being asked of me. Something very important to remember when listening actively is we should, “strive to enter the speaker’s frame of mind and understand each sentence as it is spoken and to connect it with previous sentences (Ruggiero, 2012 pg14).” Active listening is related to critical thinking because they both are important skills we exercise on a daily basis. Many people can be so “dependent on other people’s ideas,” but to relate active listening to critical thinking, it “liberates you from dependency on others’ ideas and helps you form sound and sensible ideas of your own (Ruggiero, 2012 pg8).” Also if a person is actively listening like to understand, enjoy, obtain information, or to just learn that gives better directions to think critical.

References:
Ruggiero, V. R. (2012). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (10th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Longman.

“Whenever you realize your mind is wandering, drag it back to the task (Ruggiero, 2012 pg14).”

The above quote is true, but not always easy to do. I can find myself being a procrastinator at times. When I feel overwhelmed I have to ignore everything and focus on what I need to do. For example, a little rain or thunderstorm can pull my mind in a completely different direction I was headed before I heard the rain. Also what I do is set aside time to complete a task to assure I will not take a break. If I get up and take a break I know that I will not get finish, so I have to literally make myself sit in one spot to guarantee the completion of my task.

References:
Ruggiero, V. R. (2012). The art of thinking: A guide to critical and creative thought (10th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Longman.

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