Nature of Thought

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Nature of Thought
Erik E. Greiner
PHL/251
November 26, 2012
Dr. Michael Myers

Nature of Thought
What is thinking? Is it the process in which we take in information, judge the information and then use that information to form a thought or an output? That is what we will find out. Whether we acknowledge them or not, there are always thoughts passing through our minds. When a person thinks, there is a process in which we develop thoughts. First, as thinkers, we must sense what is going on in the environment around us, as it usually has some impact on how we create thoughts. If we are in a stressful environment, it may be harder for the average person to think clearly. Personally, if I am going to be putting a lot of thought into a subject, such as this paper, I like to sit in my home office in total quiet so I can concentrate on what I am doing. Memories of past events can also weigh in when forming thoughts. They can help to sway one’s decision if the memory is strong enough to do so. Memories can also provide feedback for future thoughts if they pertain to the same subject. The language a person uses is also an important part of the thinking process. It can set the mood for the thoughts. If someone is well spoken and uses proper sentence structure there is a stronger possibility that they can better voice their thoughts when need be. The choices of words can also reflect the nature of the thought. If someone isn’t sure what a word means, it may skew their thinking. There was an instance in my life in which my perception of the situation was somewhat different from what was really happening. A few years ago, I had a family member die from a drug overdose. I knew she had a problem and was in need of help however, I was unaware of how severe her problem was until it was too late. I knew that she had a strong drug habit and wanted to believe her when she told me that she was going to an outpatient clinic for help. As most people do in that...
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