Essay on Critical Thinking and Perception

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Prepare a 700-1000 words essay on ‘Critical thinking and Perception.’ Perception is Reality. Identify an instance in your life where your perception of the reality situation was different from actual reality. What did you think was going on? What was actually going on? Why was there such a difference? What did you learn and how has your thinking changed because of this?

Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the purposeful and reflective judgment about what to believe or what to do in response to our observations, experience, verbal or written expressions, or arguements. It involves determining the meaning and significance of what is observed or expressed, concerning a given inference or argument, determining whether there is
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The classic question, "Is the glass half empty or half full?" serves to demonstrate the way an object can be perceived in different ways. People with different mindsets and different experiences in life will perceive it differently. Optimistic people and individuals with a positive outlook towards life will perceive it a glass half full. Whereas pessimistic people will view it as a glass half empty. Thus it can be maintained that Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality. When we view something with a preconceived concept about it, we tend to take those concepts and see them whether or not they are there. This problem of perception stems from the fact that humans are unable to understand new information, without the inherent base of their previous knowledge. Thus we always tend to perceive things based on their past experiences, previous knowledge, point of views and our socio cultural environment.
Critical Thinking does not recognize perception as the correct reasoning technique and calls for evident, logical and accurate facts. It seeks to achieve and establish reality and truth as it is without any distortions. It also maintains that perceptions are not always coincidental with reality.
Life Instance and ‘My Perception’
(What did I think was going on?)
Since childhood I had been quite

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