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What are assumptions? How do you think assumptions might interfere with critical thinking? What might you do to avoid making assumptions in your thinking?
Assumption is a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof. Making assumptions can interfere with critical thinking because it will hinder the ability to efficiently and thoroughly collect date and examine the situation. [ To stop making assumptions. Learn to become aware of when you are making assumptions and understand how they can cause misunderstandings with these tips: Get into the habit of asking yourself, “What assumptions am I making ” Check in with yourself before allowing your imagination to run wild about things that frustrate you. This will save you
from unnecessary drama. It is easy to take your untrue assumptions personally. By assuming something, you could create a misunderstanding with another person. Listen to your internal mental chatter—it’s creating assumptions. Try some divergent thinking exercises like brainstorming, mind mapping or writing in your journal. These types of exercises can help expand your critical thinking while keeping you from making false assumptions. The exercises are also a great way to break some bad mental habits and . I often head to Abalone Cove Beach in Rancho Palos Verdes to focus on divergent thinking exercises when my mind is overwhelmed with unclear assumptions. I walk along the shoreline there, decompress and then sit awhile and write down my thoughts on paper. When in doubt, ask and double check. This one may sound simple because it is; however, many times we just don't take the initiative and ask or double check. My dad simply could have called me to ask if I was receiving his text messages; I could have called him to see if he was extra busy and just receiving my updates through my mom (as I was assuming he was). Many of us may become passive in a similar situation as this; we may actually fear asking the question or questions that need to be asked. This could be because of an unpleasant past experience, and we are assuming the experience could repeat itself. Try not to automatically make assumptive shortcuts just because you think you know someone well. Even if you've known someone for years, it doesn't mean they will respond or react as they have in the past. ]
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