What Is a Problem

In terms of critical thinking skills, a problem is defined as a question or situation that calls for a solution. That means when you are faced with a problem, you must take action or make decisions that will lead to resolution of that problem.

Using this definition, problems that occur in the form of a question are typically those that do not have one straightforward answer. You might be asked, "Why are you voting for candidate X instead of candidate Y?" or "why do you deserve a raise more than Tannie?" Sit-uational problems require you to think critically and make decisions about the best course of action. For example, you learn that a coworker has been exaggerating the profits of your company—and she has done so on orders from the president. Do you blow the whistle, jeopardizing your career? And, if so, to whom?

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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