Checking Your Emotions

LESSON SUMMARY

In this lesson, you will discover the role that emotions play In the decisionmaking process. When emotional responses are recognized and used appropriately they can be an effective piece of critical thinking.

It is a widely held belief that emotions are an enemy of critical thinking. The theory goes that the head is rational, while the heart is emotional, and any objective thinking or decision making should be done with the head. In fact, the word objective means "not influenced by emotions or prejudices." But can you, and more importantly, should you, completely ignore your feelings when engaged in critical thinking?

Surprisingly, the answer is no. Emotions or feelings have a place in critical thinking, just as logic and reason do. But they must be recognized and used judiciously. That is to say, your decisions should not be reached quickly, solely on the basis of your feelings, and there are some emotions that are best recognized and then left out of the process. The goal in critical thinking is to acknowledge and understand the emotions that may influence your decision making, so you can determine when and where to let them become part of the decision-making process. If you can accomplish this, you use or listen to your emotions in a reasonable and rational way. They are not in control of you, but rather you are in control of them.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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