Over the past couple of years, it has become so evident that many people in our world have completely stopped thinking for themselves. It has changed our world and not for the better. Now it is time to put into practice the idea of how to think for yourself and why you must – live your best life.
What an odd title, right? What we have seen in the last two years is that a large number of the population are not thinking for themselves and you’d be surprised to know that thinking for ourselves is getting harder and harder to do.
Smartphones, smart TVs, Android TVs, Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, The Government, The Media, Unelected Public Servants—should I keep going? Thinking for ourselves has become a chore in and of itself that we’re slowly forgetting how to do it.
Even worse, we seem to have lost the passion for it. Having everything ready at our fingertips has made us lazy and technology-dependent.
Today, we’re diving deep into the world of thoughts to help you live your best healthy life. We want to remind you how to think for yourself and why you should.
Let’s get to it!
Thinking For Yourself
Here are a few ideas to consider when learning about the ins and outs of how to think for yourself.
The basic definition of thinking for yourself is to come up with opinions and viewpoints that are completely your own. In other words, you contemplate, ponder, and analyze. Then, based on all that, you reach a conclusion based on your viewpoint.
Let’s not forget what the French philosopher, Rene Descartes, famously said, “I think, therefore I am.” We’re giving his quote a nice, little add-on: “I don’t cater to anyone else’s interpretation of the facts. I form my own opinions.”
Here’s a quick example of how to think for yourself. Imagine you’re in a room full of people. Everyone’s voicing their opinions and thoughts on a certain topic.
So, what do you do? Well, the best thing to do in a situation like that is to take in as much factual data as you can. Next, scrutinize it, then formulate your unique ideas.
Does your idea sound similar to someone else’s? That’s Ok. You don’t have to dispute and argue about every little thing to prove you think for yourself.
It also doesn’t mean you constantly need to come up with original ideas. Nor does it mean you have to be different all the time.
Experts refer to independent thinking as cognitive development. This usually happens in two stages.
The first stage is when children are between the ages of 6 to 12. During this stage, children learn how to form thoughts in specific ways, such as:
• Carrying out actions that require transformations and changes
• Sorting objects and putting things in order
The second stage is adolescence when children are between the ages of 12 and 18. This is a time when there’s more complexity to their thinking.
Their ability to carry out logical, as well as abstract thinking. This includes:
• Considering several viewpoints
• Thinking about thinking
• Reasoning by using a series of known principles
• Contemplating possible outcomes
Benefits Of Thinking For Yourself
We talked a little bit about the fundamentals of thinking for yourself. Now, let’s talk about the importance of why you must always do it.
After all, thinking for yourself is much more than just opposing other people’s beliefs. It’s about standing up for what you believe is right, even if mainstream media says otherwise.
Check out some amazing benefits of independent thinking:
• Boost feelings of your self-confidence, self-respect, and self-worth
• Gain more trust in your abilities
• Have a greater sense of accomplishment
• Increase your brainpower
• Expand your mind by recognizing different perspectives and diverse points of view
• Gain others’ respect
• Learn various methods of self-improvement
• Become more aware of what the media is trying to sell you
How have you been doing in thinking for yourself? Share any ideas, comments or questions below.
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