The best analytical thinkers are also critical thinkers, and vice versa.
The ability to analyze information is key when looking at any almost anything, whether it is a contract, report, business model or even a relationship.
Objective thinkers seek to keep their emotions (and those of others) from affecting their judgment.
However, it’s impossible for people to remain completely objective, because we’re all shaped by our points of view, our life experiences and our perspectives.
Being aware of our biases is the first step to being objective and looking at an issue dispassionately.
Once you’re able to remove yourself from the situation, you can more thoroughly analyze it.
Related: Use This Simple Math Problem to Kick Critical Thinking Into High Gear This is the art of being aware of your thinking -- or, to put it another way, thinking about how you think about things.
Critical thinkers need introspection so they’re aware of their own degree of alertness and attentiveness, as well as their biases.
As we get older, it’s easier to put aside what may seem like childish curiosity.
Curiosity forces you to keep an open mind and propels you to gain deeper knowledge -- all of which are also fundamental to being a lifelong learner.