What Type of Critical Thinker are you?

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People look at things in various ways and respond to situations differently, too. Your way of thinking affects your attitude and decisions in life. How you perceive an event is usually more a factor than the event itself. Most people are either Intuitive Thinkers or Analytical Thinkers. What type of critical thinker are you?

Do you use your intuition (some might say “gut”) or do you tend to engage in a deeper analytical process before you make a decision?

You won’t really fall into only one category. Everyone is capable of thinking intuitively or analytically depending on situations. It’s just that you may come as naturally more intuitive or more analytical most of the time.

Understanding where you fit in the spectrum can help you make conscious efforts of integrating the type of thinker you tend to miss out on into your decision-making.

This knowledge leads to greater self-awareness and better decision-making.

It’s also important to understand that there is no right or wrong here – just your own personal unique way of observing and making decisions. As with most things, we are all a little (or a lot) different in the way we process our thoughts, experiences, and decisions.

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Intuitive Vs. Analytical Thinking: What Type of Critical Thinker are You?

Intuitive thinkers use their feelings when making a decision.

They deal with situations based on their own experiences and often decide quickly based on what feels right to them at the moment. They may consider the different possible outcomes, but they rely mostly on their gut feelings.

The good thing about being intuitive is that you make efficient use of time and resources, and you can tackle complex matters easily, although sometimes superficially. However, you tend to be subjective. You must also have extensive experience to consider your intuition to be more dependable.

Analytical thinkers are more critical and evaluative.

They have a formula of sorts that they follow when solving a problem. They tend to think and analyze things thoroughly, weighing the pros and cons, looking at different angles, and digging into details before coming up with a logical decision.

Analytical thinkers are objective. However, the structured approach can be counterintuitive and resource-intensive. You may procrastinate often and take time to make a decision.

How do you know if you tend to be an intuitive thinker rather than analytical and vice versa? Let’s get into specific characteristics.

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Signs You’re an Intuitive Thinker

  • You’re sensitive to other people’s feelings.

You consider the emotions of people around you and process everything deeply. It makes you considerate and empathic. However, it can also make you feel withdrawn, especially when other people’s feelings overwhelm you.

  • You’re good at discerning people and situations.

You can size up people pretty well based on their nonverbal cues and body language. You’re observant and you can see through people. People resonate with you, but you also recognize the red flags.

  • You feel a special connection with nature.

You feel like you get messages from the universe and all things you can’t see. You’re observant of your surroundings and feel a special connection with nature. Others don’t always see the patterns you easily recognize. You believe in coincidences and fateful encounters.

Woman who is an intuitive critical thinker making a decision while staring at a sunset over the ocean.
  • You have self-awareness.

You’re aware of your feelings and you recognize that your intuition may not always be right. Yet you try to think about what your feelings are trying to tell you.

  • You always think ahead.

You’re generally optimistic. You can foresee potential problems, but you’re able to process anything negative and rise above it. You trust that a good outcome can happen even when things look bad at the moment.

Signs You’re an Analytical Thinker

  • You have lots of questions.

There are plenty of questions in your mind and you interrogate the problems first before you come up with an answer. You break down the details. You’re a skeptic and curious. You’re intellectually sharp and a bit of a perfectionist.

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  • You value evidence.

You gather data and use it to make informed decisions. Your focus is on facts and you’re open to new perspectives other than yours as long as they’re supported with evidence.

Woman who is an analytical critical thinker sitting at a desk with computer and papers, making a decision.
  • You test your own and other people’s hypotheses.

Since you have a healthy dose of skepticism, you actively and relentlessly test your hypotheses, as well as other people’s views.

  • Challenges are thrilling for you.

You enjoy being challenged just so you can engage in a constructive debate. You know that getting out of your comfort zone and considering other people’s views can lead to innovation.

  • You’re methodical.

You’re quite logical and methodical. You follow a step-by-step and linear way to arrive at a logical conclusion. Your approach makes it easier for you to dig into details and break down complex problems into manageable bits.

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Final Thoughts on What Type of Critical Thinker are you?

An intuitive thinker and an analytical thinker shouldn’t be considered as two different people. People need both characteristics to make better decisions in life.

Understanding the type of thinker that’s more dominant in you can help you work consciously toward reaching the middle point.

Striking a balance between intuition and analysis will result in a better approach to dealing with different situations.

So – where did you “see” yourself in this post? Let me know in the comments, and let’s have a discussion!

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