Core thinking skills are the cognitive building blocks of thinking. We all have a thinking experience, but not all of us are effective thinkers, as good thinking skills have to be mastered. If we want to be good thinkers we have to work on that.

Good thinkers are capable of creating new solutions to the problem, as they easily can connect different sources of new information and experiences into existing understanding and perception. 

Skilled thinkers practice:

Concentration – can be open and closed. Open concentration is more relaxed, receptive, exploratory, liberal,  playful, and more humorous. The closed concentration is fixed,  rigid,  hierarchical, more tunnel-visioned. Unfortunately, most of the people spend most of their time in the closed concentration state. Closed concentration is necessary and beneficial at the moment when we do some action, to fully focus on the task. When the task is finished we returned into open concentration state. Why? We are more aware, creative, receptive, and connected with the intelligence in us. 

Remembering – storing and retrieving. It helps to retain information in long-term memory for later use. It is almost like building information database in our brain and creating a knowledge structure that we can access later. Remembering creates a relationship between prior knowledge and the newly learned information. 

Reflection – helps you to develop understanding and review the effectiveness of your thinking skills, rather than just carry on doing things as you have always done before.

When we reflect we have to detach from the 5 senses, from likes and dislikes, desires, fillings. This would help to build objectivity and stay away from creating subjective thoughts and impressions.

Gathering – bringing needed information to the mind.

Organizing – arranging information so it can be understood or presented more effectively.

Analyzing – is used to clarify existing information by examining the relationship between thoughts, experiences, information…

Connecting – making connections among different pieces of information and creating a connection between new ideas and prior knowledge.

Integrating – putting together information for a better understanding.

Compiling – building a pattern, a structure for achieving a goal.

Evaluating – the quality of an idea, experience, thought, emotions.

Elaborating- is using prior knowledge in order to improve understanding; adding details, examples, facts…

Generating – new ideas, thoughts, experiences, learning, looking for different ways of seeing things.

Observing – is obtaining new information on how you perceive things through the 5 senses.

Comparing – identifying similarities and differences.

We are capable to learn lots of things in life. Why not learn to think well too. What we don’t know about our thinking we can learn it now, if we want to live in harmony and understanding with our own mind, and the minds of others. It is never too late to train the mind to see things as they are and not as we want. 

Stay Brave!

Maria Mitea

HealthYoga Therapist, Teacher, and Student,