Thinking Styles

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Optimistic, Pessimistic, and Emotional Thinking Styles
Andrea Tracy
University of Phoenix

Abstract

In critical thinking, one of the most important aspects to recognize is the influence of human factors in how thought processing occurs. Factors like enculturation, emotion, stress, ego, and bias all play a pivotal role in how human beings think. Critical thinking requires that a person identify possible factors involved in his or her information gathering and decision making processes to better understand how these factors might alter or affect the critical thinking process and results. These three styles optimistic, pessimistic and emotional thinking involve different aspects that must be recognized by individuals in order to gather information, analyze it, and make a solid decision. The optimist fails to see the bad in everything and everyone, the pessimist fails to see the good, and the emotionalist sees neither. All three of these thinking styles are similar as that each is, to a certain extent, based on the personal feelings of the individual. Each decision made in life will affect our future; the littlest factors of our personality can have extremely large consequences if individuals do not properly analyze inputs for critical thinking.

Optimistic, Pessimistic, and Emotional Thinking Styles

In critical thinking, one of the most important aspects to recognize is the influence of human factors in how thought processing occurs. Factors like enculturation, emotion, stress, ego, and bias all play a pivotal role in how human beings think. Critical thinking requires that a person identify possible factors involved in his or her information gathering and decision making processes to better understand how these factors might alter or affect the critical thinking process and results. These factors have been studied and put into different categories called Thinking Styles. Each style bares different positive and negative results from the critical thinking process. Three of these Thinking Styles are optimistic, pessimistic, and emotional, each consisting of different ways to analyze everyday situations.

An optimistic person will generally find the good in all the things that come their way. They are the first to say that everything will work out in the end. They believe that they can find the good in most people and that everyone has good in them. In reality, most people are optimists to some point. Optimistic people like to think that no matter what happens our problems will work out. Being an optimist makes it difficult to make clear decisions because this person only sees the good and never the bad. They would think the people they deal with would be telling the truth and would not try to deceive them in order to get what they want. This could prove to be difficult because people will do what it takes to get their way and therefore, the optimist could be easily deceived. Most people would like to have the recognition as being the optimist. In most cases they have been given an assignment or were told to do something and thought, wow, I truly do not know how the people I am working with could possibly get this done, but they roll up their sleeves and dive into that job saying it can and will be done right or they will die trying. This is as much an optimistic point of view as ever there was one. I know that this sort of thing happens to most of us and yet they think of the optimistic person as being person they dislike sometimes because they say bring it on and do it. Just think if they were to say to their supervisor, I am so sorry my team could not possibly do that job it would be too hard on them. Would they still have their jobs after or would their supervisor say just have them do what they can. As much as they like to think they are not optimistic, I am finding that they all are to a point. They all have times when they have to look at the bright side and just do what needs to be done to be a good...
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