Introspection Introspected: Why and How to Read Your Own Mind
Lee Pierson, who holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell University, has conducted Creatical Thinking and other seminars for students from grade school to grad school and beyond. He is the director of the Thinking Skills Institute.
Introspection on thinking (i.e. conceptually identifying what is going on in your mind while you are thinking) is not only a method of psychological investigation, but also a valuable personal practice that provides guidance for keeping your thinking on track to its goal.
This form of introspection is the key skill underlying "creatical thinking." "Creatical Thinking" refers to the processes of going beyond the faulty automatic "programs" (the invalid assumptions) that make bad critical thinking and break good creative thinking. It is how you can refocus your thinking when what comes to mind automatically has left your thinking stuck, sidetracked, cognitively biased, or otherwise in error. Introspection on thinking - more specifically, identifying what to think about next for getting your thinking back on track to its goal - is the skill needed for getting this process going. Introspection on thinking is, according to Pierson, the most important cognitive skill that is not yet explicitly taught at any level of schooling.
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