Knowing how to improve critical thinking skills is an excellent place to start if you want to form better opinions, make better decisions, and approach problem solving in new ways.
Conversationally, critical thinking doesn’t mean being critical in a literal, or even negative sense. At its best, critical thinking allows you to analyse information from a more impartial stance in order to judge exactly what is being said and how you feel about it. This leads to gaining better understanding of your own opinions, biases, habits and instincts.
In terms of decision making and problem solving, critical thinking can help you approach problems from new angles, increasing your chances of finding an appropriate solution.
There is some training involved if you want to improve critical thinking ability. Skills website Lifehacker has put together a comprehensive guide to the process which incorporates: attention to details, asking questions, phrases to listen for, knowing your biases, and tips for practising.
It’s an intensive rundown of all you need to know to train your brain into a better way of thinking which can be of benefit in many ways.