The 20 Reasons Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter — Reasons #15–20

#15. Finding the Fundamental Pieces in our Jigsaw Puzzle & Glut of Data

#16. Improves our Adaptability in Light of Different Perspectives and New Information

#17. Provides the Basis for Strong Science, Technology, Economy & Democracy

#18. Helps Us Detect False Statements, Infodemics and Hype, Even When in the Minority Opinion

#19. Ability to More Objectively Assess Our Own Strengths, Weaknesses and Gaps

Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter #20 — Improves Relationships Through Greater Empathy and Less Rash Judgements

  • analyzing interpersonal situations more objectively and improving communication among all those involved
  • a guardian, parent or caregiver helping people through life crises by quickly analyzing the situation, evaluating priorities, and inferring what actions to take in what order
  • remaining level-headed and preventing arguments from escalating during periods of tension
  • arbitrating between disagreeing friends, with empathy and fairness to all sides in a disagreement
  • in partner relationships, expressing your needs, improving your understanding partner’s point of view and developing more emotional intimacy
  • a mentor, coach or educator using clever questioning to guide peers to new insights
  • learning how not to take work-related discussions personally and to become more convincing in your own argumentation
  • engaging in healthy debate that gets everybody to a higher plane without post-debate resent
  • active listening as people need sounding boards for their life challenges

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