The key to personal and professional success
Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas.
Rather than simply accepting ideas and assumptions, critical thinkers rigorously question the hypotheses, seeking to determine whether the findings represent the truth.
Critical thinking is the combined power of six interlocking skills, defined as PACIER skills by The University of Cambridge:
Problem-solving teaches you how
to make more informed decisions
and generate new, more
Analysis allows you to understand
an argument's sequence and
reasoning by breaking them down
into bite-sized chunks.
Creative thinking is the ability to connect things together in new ways, produce novel explanations for existing evidence, and better redefine issues.
Interpretation involves decoding the meaning and significance of claims, including evidence and definitions.
Evaluation helps you to explore the strengths and weaknesses of an argument, and judge which is correct.
Strong reasoning skills allow you to produce well-structured arguments and deal with counter-arguments.
Benefits of critical thinking
When developed fully, critical thinking is a complete metacognitive machine that empowers us to continually critique the way we think and constantly self-improve.
Creates better, more persuasive leaders.
Develops innovative ideas by thinking more creatively.
Develops strategic thinking, making quicker, more informed choices.
Improves overall wellbeing, creating more rounded, emotionally intelligent individuals.