Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Monthly “Thinkingaire” Book Tuning: Cultivating Thinking Habits May 2017

As humans, we cannot Not think!

As humans, we can not Not think! Our mind is always operating either in the foreground, or the background, at conscious, subconscious or superconscious mode. Since we don't always "feel pain," then thinking, in general, is not necessarily painful. However, we need to distinguish amongst the different types of thinking in order to evaluate the thought processes, also improve thinking qualities such as criticality, profundity, creativity, intelligence, etc. So how do you ingrain the thinking habits?

Cultivating Thinking Habits

“Thinking Habit”: Do you Have One? Building the working environment to encourage “Thinking” is critical in building the culture of innovation: In a corporate setting with dysfunctional management, having quiet time to just think could be uncomfortable for somebody who recognizes the hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance that bad management creates. Situations like this can foster learned helplessness and apathy, scenarios in which people may prefer to avoid introspection if it only increases awareness of the problem. That would cause the chain of other problems such as change inertia, bureaucracy, poor strategy execution, low rate of employee engagement, which leads to mediocre or poor performance as well.

Creative Thinking Habit: Are we Capable of being Creative in an Auto Mode? The human progress is all based on our thinking, learning and changing capabilities. We tend to learn things in a series of small steps. Each step is quite simple and the link between steps is not a smooth one. Gradually this evens itself out as we learn whatever it is we are learning. Those initial steps were as they were because we use conscious thinking. When a human interactive task becomes automated, the crux of using our subconscious mind is to appreciate how different it is from our conscious mind. Even though the conscious mind (deliberate thoughts) and subconscious mind (auto mode) exist in the same body, they have vastly different characteristics. One of the interesting debates would be: Are we capable of being creative in an auto mode?  

Whole Brain Thinking? According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. Additionally, people are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. It has been shown that in many ways the two parts of the brain work separately yet without apparent conflict. Do they process information differently? Are you left-brainer or right-brainer? Shall we encourage whole brain thinking?

Critical Thinking & Critical Thinker Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.

Can you Thinking Positively -How to Handle Negative Emotions Human is not perfect, there’s positive emotions and negative emotions; such as joy, anger, grief, worry, fear, sentiments, affection, and the 8th one: envy; the negative emotions such as the malicious envy may evoke the unprofessional or even destructive behaviors to build the walls in people’ hearts and cause the toxic culture in the work, business, and society. So how to handle your emotions and raise your EQ effectively.

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