30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking : 9780133092561

30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking

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Better critical thinking can transform your life and help you improve every decision you make! Now, in just 30 days, master specific, easy-to-learn critical thinking techniques that help you cut through lies, gain insight, and make smarter choices in every area of your life -- from work and money to intimate relationships. World-renowned critical thinking experts Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Richard Paul show how to overcome poor thinking habits caused by self-deception or out-of-control emotions... clarify what you really want... recognise what you don't know... ask better questions... resist brainwashing, manipulation, and hypocrisy... critically evaluate what you're told by advertisers, politicians, your boss, even your family... avoid worrying, conformism, and blame. Each day, readers focus on a specific thinking habit, learning practical strategies for achieving results and keeping a journal of daily progress. Expanded, improved, and easier to use, this new Revised and Expanded editon offers today's most complete and practical plan for using critical thinking to build a better life. It includes:
  • Five new "days" of critical thinking workouts, with even more powerful "life improvement" ideas
  • New illustrations and diagrams that clarify the relevance of critical thinking in real life
  • A practical new introduction to the world-renowned Paul-Elder Framework for Critical Thinking, and much more
Table of contents
  • Introduction    
  • Day One: Discover Your Ignorance    
  • Day Two: Strive to Be a Person of Integrity: Beware of Your Own Hypocrisy    
  • Day Three: Empathize with Others    
  • Day Four: Deliberately Target Your Purposes    
  • Day Five: Don’t Be a Conformist: Think for Yourself    
  • Day Six: Clarify Your Thinking    
  • Day Seven: Be Relevant: Stick to the Point    
  • Day Eight: Be Reasonable    
  • Day Nine: Ask Deep Questions    
  • Day Ten: Distinguish Among Questions of Fact, Preference, and Judgment    
  • Day Eleven: Think Through Implications    
  • Day Twelve: Distinguish Inferences from Assumptions    
  • Day Thirteen: Don’t Be Fooled by the Words People Use: Look Underneath Words to Unspoken Realities    
  • Day Fourteen: When You Think You Have Arrived as a Critical Thinker, Think Again    
  • Day Fifteen: Be Fair, Not Selfish    
  • Day Sixteen: Get Control of Your Emotions    
  • Day Seventeen: Take Control of Your Desires    
  • Day Eighteen: Don’t Dominate Others: Don’t Be a Top Dog    
  • Day Nineteen: Don’t Be Submissive: Don’t Be an Underdog    
  • Day Twenty: Don’t Be Brainwashed by the News Media    
  • Day Twenty-One:  Carefully Choose the Ideas You Take in from Television, Ads, Movies, and the Internet    
  • Day Twenty-Two: Don’t Be Bamboozled by Politicians    
  • Day Twenty-Three: Don’t Be a Blamer    
  • Day Twenty-Four: Don’t Be Righteous: Show Mercy    
  • Day Twenty-Five: Vow to Spend No Time Worrying    
  • Day Twenty-Six: Be a Citizen of the World    
  • Day Twenty-Seven: Do Something, Anything, to Help Make the World Better    
  • Day Twenty-Eight: See Your Development Occurring in Stages    
  • Day Twenty-Nine:  Educate Yourself    
  • Day Thirty: Figure Out Where to Go from Here    
  • Reading Backwards    
  • Recommended Readings to Augment the Strategies    
  • Appendix: Glossary of Terms    
  • Index    
Features & benefits

Think better, live better: master powerful critical thinking skills for making smarter decisions throughout your life!

  • 30 days of critical thinking "daily workouts" for uncovering lies, gaining personal insight, and becoming a smarter, more effective decision-maker
  • Completely redesigned, easier to use, and expanded with 5 new days of workouts: even more powerful techniques for improving your life!
  • New illustrations and diagrams help readers link critical thinking to their personal and business lives
Author biography
Dr. Linda Elder is an educational psychologist, executive director of the Center for Critical Thinking, and president of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. She is highly published and has a special interest in the relationship between cognition and effect, or thought and emotion. She has developed an original theory of the stages of critical-thinking development. She is a major keynote presenter at the International Conference on Critical Thinking, is highly sought after as a speaker, and is a recognized leader in critical thinking.

Dr. Richard Paul is founder of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking. He is an internationally recognized authority on critical thinking, with nine books and more than 200 articles on the subject. His views on critical thinking have been canvassed in The New York Times, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Teacher, Reader’s Digest, Educational Leadership, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report.

The works of Linda Elder and Richard Paul have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Chinese, Turkish, Greek, Thai, and Korean. The growing demand for translations into increasing numbers of languages testifies to the emerging international recognition of the importance of critical thinking in human life. It is a testament to the contributions of Paul and Elder to the growing field of critical thinking studies.

The Foundation for Critical Thinking seeks to promote essential change in society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking, thinking predisposed toward intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity, and intellectual responsibility. In a world of accelerating change, intensifying complexity, and increasing interdependence, critical thinking is now a requirement for economic and social survival. Contact the Foundation for Critical Thinking at www.criticalthinking.org.

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