From some of the experts who follow and report on this subject, the following are primary traits of critical thinkers…

Ask pertinent and penetrating questions
Assess statements and arguments through due diligence
Are able to admit a lack of understanding or information
Are interested in finding the most fitting solution
Are able to clearly define a set of criteria for analyzing ideas
Are willing to examine beliefs, assumptions, and opinions and weigh them against facts
Listen carefully to others and are able to give feedback
See that critical thinking is a lifelong process
Suspend judgment until all facts have been gathered and assessed
Look for evidence and proof to support their assumptions and beliefs
Examine and analyze problems closely
Are willing to reject information that is incorrect or irrelevant

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