Critical Thinking Blocks
My name is ‘Name of Author’. Egocentrism is one of the critical thinking blocks that I have witnessed during my analysis and description of information. In order to overcome this bias that I possess with regards to critical thinking, the most useful tool would be to be open-minded and less skeptical as I evaluate different pieces of information. Critical thinking is meant to make sure that we use reason and evidence in making solid judgments regarding information and the thought patterns that we put across. The use of data and patterns in shaping argumentation is important in avoiding generalizations and opinionated statements during critical thinking.
In light of this, one of the moments I have found myself struggling with egocentrism has been during the analysis of different sociological theories. For example, some theorists believe that human-beings are innately violent. This means that human beings are genetically wired to be aggressive. As a result of this belief by different theorists, laws have been put in place in the society as a way of shaping the propensity of violence among human beings. Also, this theory has used the world war history between different countries and the never-ending clashes between people in the same country or a neighboring nation. However, I like to think that violence is a self-filling prophesy in that human beings are expected to be aggressive when certain needs and wants are met. Thus, human beings have a choice of whether to wage war in order to aggressive or find other mechanisms to co-exist peacefully. We cannot come into a conclusion that human beings are innately violence based on incidents that do not apply to the general population. People are violent or aggressive because they choose to be that but not because we are genetically bound to be aggressive.