Procrastination, Rationalization and Critical Thinking In Decision Making

Procrastination
Critical Thinking In Decision Making

No matter what responsibility we have in life we are expected to make good decisions.   Our ability to make good, sound decisions is extremely important to the success of whatever activities in which we are involved.

Procrastination, Rationalization and Critical Thinking In Decision Making

To my surprise, with more than (200) posts that I have written for this Blog, the most popular topics read are those related to the subject of “Decision Making” and “Critical Thinking”.   I commend my readers for strong interests in these very important topics that truly affect our lives.

Just think of all of the important decisions that we have to make today and soon that will change the course of our lives, that of our family and businesses,  and this country! I can think of several decisions that are highly important in all time frames. Are we equipped and trained to make good decisions or are we just emotionally and ideologically linked to disastrous paths? The great influencers of my life always said…you are a product of your choices…and this turns out to be so true. If we allow people to manipulate our choices then we will probably suffer tremendously. So what else do we need to understand and how can we improve our critical thinking and decision-making process? Here are some more related options and influences that affect our lives…

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Procrastination!
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Procrastination

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. According to Freud, the pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; one may prefer to avoid negative emotions, and to delay stressful tasks. The belief that one works best under pressure provides an additional incentive to postponement of tasks.[1] Some psychologists cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.[2] Other psychologists indicate that anxiety is just as likely to get people to start working early as late and the focus should be impulsiveness. That is, anxiety will cause people to delay only if they are impulsive.[3]

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Procrastinaltion
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Rationalization (making excuses)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In psychology and logicrationalization (also known as making excuses[1]) is a defense mechanism in which perceived controversial behaviors or feelings are logically justified and explained in a rational or logical manner in order to avoid any true explanation, and are made consciously tolerable – or even admirable and superior – by plausible means.[2] Rationalization encourages irrational or unacceptable behavior, motives, or feelings and often involves ad hoc hypothesizing. This process ranges from fully conscious (e.g. to present an external defense against ridicule from others) to mostly subconscious (e.g. to create a block against internal feelings of guilt).

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is true or false. Critical thinking is a process that leads to skills that can be learned, mastered and used. Critical thinking is a tool by which one can come about reasoned conclusions based on a reasoned process. This process incorporates passion and creativity, but guides it with discipline, practicality and common sense. It can be traced in the West to ancient Greece with its Socratic method and in the East to ancient India with the Buddhist Kalama sutta and abhidharma literature. Critical thinking is an important component of many fields such as education, politics, business, science and the arts.

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Decision-making

Decision making can be regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternative scenarios. Every decision-making process produces a final choice.[1] The output can be an action or an opinion of choice.

Overview

Human performance in decision terms has been the subject of active research from several perspectives.

  • From a psychological perspective, it is necessary to examine individual decisions in the context of a set of needs, preferences an individual has and values they seek.
  • From a cognitive perspective, the decision-making process must be regarded as a continuous process integrated in the interaction with the environment.
  • From a normative perspective, the analysis of individual decisions is concerned with the logic of decision-making and rationality and the invariant choice it leads to.[2]

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