This week we are turning inwards and attempting to better understand our own biases, values and beliefs. The first step in change is understanding where you are right now. When it comes to your personal life, you must know where you are, what you believe and why you hold those beliefs. This starts with understanding and questioning your emotional reactions, your opinions, and your experiences, and coming to terms with how they impact your life.
During this week’s challenge, we’ll explore:
Are you biased?
What are your values?
How to argue productively
Your challenge for this week
Practice critical thinking in everything you do. This week, question your feelings, your opinions and your world view. Questioning yourself does not mean you’re wrong and it doesn’t mean degrading yourself. Questions bring to light our inner motivations, thinking processes, experiences, and values. If you understand why you hold an opinion or feel the way you do about a topic, you’re able to have a productive conversation about it, and you’ll be more open to other perspectives and experiences.
If you're not sure where to start, start with this question: “How is this wrong?” This single question opens up your mind to other possibilities and options, even when what’s being discussed is something with which you tend to agree. Every truth can stand up to the scrutiny of “what’s wrong with this?” but arguments that lack nuance, empathy, and equity can’t hold under the weight of this question.
The blog post 7 Ways to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills may be helpful in improving your critical thinking skills.