Checking Your Emotions


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.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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