Critical Thinking Junkie

How to Develop Critical Thinking

Non-Fiction - Self Help
61 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2019
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Author Biography

Howdy lad or lady! Meet Howie Junkie aka the "How-To Junkie." As a best-selling author, writer, blogger, and peripatetic rolling stone, he lives for a life of knowledge, skills, and thrills. Above all, he is a never-ending seeker of truth and the "how-tos" of all things, and sharing that passion with the world.

To learn more and get a hold of the How-To Junkie, go to howjunkie.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Critical Thinking Junkie: How to Develop Critical Thinking is written by Howie Junkie. What exactly is critical thinking, and how do you know if you possess it? If you find negotiating for what you want difficult and find that your views can be swayed easily, then this book is definitely for you. Are you always drawn into other people’s arguments and want to improve your decision-making skills? As a child, your critical thinking skills are superb, but as we all get older, our environment gradually diminishes the creative part of our brains and, instead, we apply logic, not creativity. This book, however, will arm your critical thinking toolkit with techniques that you can apply to your everyday life. You will also become aware of the subconscious thought processes that are holding you back and learn the skills to change.

Critical Thinking Junkie by Howie Junkie may be concise but it is filled with practical and useful techniques to change the way you think and behave in negotiating and decision-making situations. I believe anyone who reads this book will be enlightened and amazed to discover why they make certain decisions, and why they are not always in your best interests. The tips at the end of each section show valuable methods that anyone can implement. I especially loved the critical thinking activities which were explained in terms that I could understand. They can be implemented easily and quickly whenever I am trying to make an important decision or feel I am being coerced. This would make a great teaching tool for schools and the workplace as I feel it will definitely bring confidence and harmony to the people that put these techniques into action.

Erin Kollar

Critical Thinking Junkie: How to Develop Critical Thinking helped me with my own critical thinking skills. The book sets it up so that it both talks about the subject and shows you practice exercises. I liked that it gave me examples on what it wanted me to do.

One of my favorite exercises it talks about is 'Kid Therapy'. I had to chuckle while reading that part as kids are sometimes impossible to talk with. One of the reasons, of course, is that they are just learning about the world. And the world is a very confusing place. I don't have kids of my own but I have friends that do. It's always a pleasure talking with them and engaging them in this exercise. The whole Batman or Superman debate tends to boil down to which one is cooler.

I've made mistakes in my life and wasted opportunities. The trick is to not be ashamed and to see how to improve. The book brings this lesson up for one of its exercises. It talks about how the exercise in the book is just supposed to be a thought experiment. What it isn't meant to do is make you feel even more regret for past actions. Part of me can't help but feel regret when doing this exercise. I've just had a lot of missed opportunities in my life. But I'm slowly getting better at this exercise.

A thing mentioned in this book is that logic is subjective. On the surface that sounds insane as there has to be only one right way of thinking about the world. There has to be only one right way to approach things. But, nope, there are many different ways to approach things. I find this useful as I'm no longer trying to think how others do, but in a way that works for me. Embracing this concept has made me feel a little better about how I do things. It has also made things much easier.

This book mentions questioning the status quo. I've always asked about why certain things are done the way they are. So this comes a little easy to me. Though I still need practice. For me it's not always about wanting to change things but just understanding where I live. Questioning the status quo does help with critical thinking as it has you thinking in new directions. Seeing the world in a different way is always fun.

The book ends with a list of other books on critical thinking. I find this helpful as it doesn't leave readers to search for themselves. Yes, a simple Google search can help but sometimes finding what you want can be tricky. I'm pretty good at using search engines but it's always helpful to have search time cut down. Especially when the goal is to learn about a topic and not how to search for it.

All in all, I found this book extremely useful. Critical thinking isn't something that you learn in a day. It's something that is used throughout your life. I'm glad to have bought this book to help me along my own journey.