Critical Thinking About Sexual Decisions

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How do you use the principles of critical thinking in making sexual decisions? Give an example from your own life in which you would use critical thinking to make a decision about sex.
The text gives eight principles to critical thinking: be skeptical, examine definitions of terms, examine the assumptions or premises of arguments, be cautious in drawing conclusions from evidence, consider alternative interpretations of research evidence, consider the kinds of evidence on which conclusions are based, do not oversimplify, and do not overgeneralize (Rathus, 2011).

This is actually hard for me to answer. I’ve never thought of myself as a person that uses critical thinking when making decisions about sex. Although I have to admit, in a way I have used many of the principles stated above. Before marriage, I have always been skeptical of who I am having sex with. Many times I took time to examine any possible consenquences that may arise with sexual encounters, or other sexual behaviours like how low cut my shirt is, etc.

Here is a current example in my own life of using critical thinking to make a decision about sex: I am 35 years old and currently battling pre-menopause. My hormones are out of whack, and ninety percent of the time I have no sex drive. I haven’t had the desire to have sex in a while. I don’t want it to affect my relationship with my husband, so I’ve had to use critical thinking skills for the best way to deal with the situation. How do I please him, without making it miserable for me? Source:

Rathus, S. A., Nevid, J.S., & Fichner-Rathus, L. (2011). Human sexuality in a world of diversity (8th ed.) Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon
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