Nature of Thought

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Nature of Thought
Nicole L Bolds
PHL251
May 16, 2013
Robert Ridel

Nature of Thought

What stops me from critical thinking? What are my personal barriers that stop me? How does my experiences change my thought process? What can I learn from the answers to make me a better nurse? These are questions I have to ask myself.

Every day we encounter new experiences. Each experience has that potential to change who we are, how we think, and how we react. I have personally changed my thinking based on my experiences. I realized I had a negative thought process. I always thought the worst of every situation and person. That is until I introduced to the power of positive thinking. I consciously changed the way I thought. My life started to turn around for the better. I have many personal barriers as I think everyone does. Three of my personal barriers that influence my thought process are religion, rationalization, and emotions. I am a Catholic and while I do not agree with everything in the religion I do have strong beliefs. I choose on a conscious level to not talk about religion with people outside of my immediate circle of family and friends. I choose to do this because religion is a touchy subject for most people and I know I get upset when someone is trying to tell me what I believe is wrong or outdated. Talking about religion usually makes me emotional. I am an extra emotional person by nature. My feelings and emotions are usually very apparent and hard for me to hide. I again have to retreat back and think about the positive side of things. I Rationalization, as Kirby states in Critical thinking: Tools for taking charge of your learning and your life “The easiest person to deceive is one's self.” Lord Lyton. “Of all the defense mechanisms, rationalization is perhaps the greatest inhibitor of clear thinking” (Kirby, 2007). I become emotional then I try to rationalize my thoughts. It doesn’t always make since after more thought is put in. At some point it...
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