- Are you
Egocentric? How do you find out if
- If you have not already done so, you should
also take the "Egocentricity
Read or reread the following essays. Be
honest with yourself, and ask about
each point, "Do I do this?"
are egocentric, what can you do?
you must recognize that this is the way you think.
That is the hardest
part. An egocentric person usually
believes s/he is fine, and has no problem. It is therefore
necessary that the person learn about the style. S/he
must be brutally
honest with her/his self, examining
thinking to see if s/he holds or practices any of the attitudes
defined in the above papers and quiz.
you must realize that it is fixable! It isn't really hard to fix,
but it will take
the person needs to decide s/he wants to change thinking styles.
This is setting a new Life-Goal. - - - Do you really want to be
you can be?
the person needs to have a willingness (and make the effort) to
remember occasions when he was wrong in the past despite an intense
belief that he was right, and the ability to imagine his being
similarly deceived in a case-at-hand.
In order to change
from the habit of egocentric
thinking, there needs to be something to
to. The person should read these
- Thoughts About
- I Nevar make
- How does One Handle
- Hypotheses &
- Life-Rules about Where
Truth Is (the right hand
side of the table)
These essays provide some basic goals for creating
a new and better thinking style. Pay particular attention, and spend
considerable time on "Life-Rules about Where Truth Is." Study it.
Look at the two columns, and note the contrast and difference between
them. Work to understand the truth and wisdom expressed in the
right-hand column. Work hard to understand and then use that column
as a new set of life rules.
a minimum, read these three
very short essays. These three
"Dimensions of Critical Thought" will provide a very good start, and
may be sufficient.
install a Self-Monitor
in your mind.
(Also known in psychology and psychiatry as a "Dispassionate
Observer.") Instruct it to monitor you to detect egocentric thinking,
and to alert you if it sees you doing it.
ask people you trust to also monitor you, and give you gentle
feedback if they think you are using egocentric thinking. These could
be parents, other family members, or teachers.
don't make a halfhearted effort, and don't give up. Reread the essays
over and over again. As you make improvements, you will gain more
insight, and the rereading will result in making more sense of the
essays, and accelerate your progress.
Reading - Links to
web sites on thinking.
- For the really serious student, parent, or
teacher, here are some major resources. Do not expect to read,
digest, and apply this knowledge in a short time. There is enough
material to keep you steadily advancing over several years! (If
you work at it!) If you do, it will be of
VERY GREAT BENEFIT to you. You can't now know how much
good it can do for you!
- I have been down this road. I now
automatically use Critical Thinking in everything I work on. It
has been a
advantage to me!
It is instructive to go to the web page
- and study it.
- For a definition of Egocentric thinking from a
real expert in the field, go to:
- For more than what is provided by the "three
very short essays" linked to above, read, understand, and apply
"Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought," found at:
- This is a lot of very good information.
It will help you replace egocentric thinking with true
critical thinking. They are part of a teacher's college web site,
whose home page is:
There are lots of resources here for teachers or others with a
deep interest in critical thinking.
- The Center for Critical Thinking is located
- Sonoma State University
- 1801 East Cotati Ave.
- Rohnert Park, CA
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