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This video (4-minutes long), “5 tips to improve your critical thinking” by Samantha Agoos, is part of the TED-Ed Series Lessons Worth Sharing. (We are not affiliated with TED Talks. At decide.sbs we point to select Internet content, relevant to your needs.)
Every day brings us many choices. Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process for critical thinking, a technique for better decisions.
Attempting to put particular attention to those decisions that are more important for our lives is a great resolution to follow!
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The paradox of life is that people seem to deliberate more carefully over little choices than the big ones. Before buying a car, they read all the ratings, check out resale values on the Internet, and so on.
But when it comes to choosing their professional life, they sort of slide rather than decide. They slide incrementally into a career because someone gave them a job. They marry the person whom they happen to be living next to.
— David Brooks, The Second Mountain
The human brain has difficulty weighing the pros and cons. We aren’t built to be rational and often have internal biases. We need to see the big picture. (HSI, Training & Employee Development, Tips to Improve Decision-Making Skills.)
To improve decision-making, research has shown that even basic training in probability makes people better forecasters and helps them avoid certain cognitive biases. For example, if you are considering funding a startup, you might ask: What percentage of startups fail? (Or, what percentage succeed?) etc.
By doing this, you will get away from the “inside view,” where the specifics of the decision overwhelm your analysis. Instead, you want to take the “outside view,” where you start with similar cases before considering the specifics of your case. (3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making – Harvard. By: Walter Frick. January 22, 2018.)