It is critical thinking which provides us with the mental tools needed to explicitly understand how reasoning works, and how those tools can be used to take command of what we think, feel, desire, and do.
It is critical thinking which provides us with the mental tools needed to explicitly understand how reasoning works, and how those tools can be used to take command of what we think, feel, desire, and do.Through critical thinking, as I understand it, we acquire a means of assessing and upgrading our ability to judge well.
Critical thinking, I believe, is the only plausible vehicle by means of which we could bring intelligence to bear upon our emotional life.
It is critical thinking I shall argue, and critical thinking alone, which enables us to take active command of not only our thoughts, but our feelings, emotions, and desires as well.
It would be a measure of the extent to which our affective responses were "rationally" based.
A person with a high degree of emotional intelligence would be one who responded to situations with feeling states that "made good sense," given what was going on in those situations.
To be most effective, analysts need an overarching, reflective framework to add structured reasoning to sound, intuitivethinking.
"Critical thinking" provides such a framework and goes further, positively influencing the entire intelligence analysis process.
It would entail, then, the bringing of (cognitive) intelligence to bear upon emotions.
It would encompass both positive and negative emotions.
Critical thinking, then, enables us to form sound beliefs and judgments, and in doing so, provides us with a basis for a "rational and reasonable" emotional life.
When searching for the ingredients necessary for a highly rational life, it is therefore crucial not to underestimate the role of the affective dimension of mind.