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30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life, Revised and Expanded Paperback – October 1, 2012
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—Dr. Joe Luciani, Bestselling Author of Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression
“…the all important skill of learning how to think is still a lost art. This makes the work of Linda Elder and Richard Paul vital to the progress of our democratic society. Buy this book, change your life, and in the process make the world a safer and saner place to live.”
—Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine; Author of Why People Believe Weird Things
“Critical thinking, the skill so ably taught in this book, is the solution to much of our emotional pain. Our minds are literally creating our lives. And often our minds sabotage us with faulty, distorted thinking. The result: bad choices and emotional disorders. If you want to change your life, it starts with changing how you think; this book will give you the tools.”
—Dr. Matthew McKay, Author of Mind and Emotions
“One of the qualities that sets us apart from thinking creatures of other species is our ability—if we choose to use it—to ‘think about our thinking.’ In this substantial, clear, and easy-to-read book …readers are offered stimulating descriptions, definitions, principles, and suggestions for understanding and using thinking in effective ways to experience a better quality of life.”
—Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, Psychologist; Coauthor of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
“30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking is a manifesto for approaching life and relationships assertively, for thinking clearly and fairly, and for uncovering your own biases and vulnerabilities to the persuasive tactics of others—a hands-on approach to helping anyone who wants to see the world around them more fairly and clearly.”
—Dr. Karen E. Dill, Author of How Fantasy Becomes Reality
“This small, easily readable book contains wisdom hard won during the two authors’ dedicated and decades-long efforts to develop and communicate their conception of critical thinking, a conception that has rightly been very influential.”
—Dr. Frank Fair, Sam Houston State University, Managing Editor of INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines
“There is much to gain from reading books written by Linda Elder and Richard Paul. This book carries on their tradition of elevating our thinking into the stratosphere while keeping our feet planted firmly on practical ground.”
—Dr. Don Ambrose, Editor, The Roeper Review
“A comprehensive and effective blueprint for getting one’s thoughts on straight through the application of a proven intellectual concept to the practicalities of daily living. A critical thinking classic.”
—George Hanford, President Emeritus, The College Board
Critical thinking can transform your thinking and improve every part of your life! Now, in just 30 days, you can begin to master specific, easy-to-learn techniques that will help you cut through lies, gain insight, and make smarter choices in every area of your life—from work and money to your most intimate relationships.
World-renowned critical thinking experts Linda Elder and Richard Paul show you how to overcome poor thinking habits caused by self-deception or out-of-control emotions...clarify what you really want...recognize what you don’t know...ask better questions...resist manipulation...and critically evaluate what you’re told by advertisers, politicians, your colleagues, or even your family.
Each day, you’ll focus on a specific critical thinking concept. You will learn practical strategies for bringing powerful ideas into the fabric of your life, into your daily routines. Day by day, you’ll chart your progress—as you move deliberately toward sharper focus, deeper insight, and a more reasonable way of living.
Learn how to think clearly
Learn to think for yourself (using disciplined thought)
Don’t let the media brainwash you—and don’t let anyone else do it either
Overcome ignorance and hypocrisy
Stop being submissive or domineering toward others
Look underneath words to unspoken realities
Permeate your thinking with relevance, reason, integrity, fairness, and mercy
Recognize when questions are calling for facts, preferences, or judgments
Take control of your emotional life
Get past worrying, conformism, and blame
Keep improving your thinking—for the rest of your life!
About the Author
Dr. Richard Paul is founder of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking. He is an internationally recognized authority on critical thinking, with nine books and more than 200 articles on the subject. His views on critical thinking have been canvassed in The New York Times, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Teacher, Reader’s Digest, Educational Leadership, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report.
The works of Linda Elder and Richard Paul have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Chinese, Turkish, Greek, Thai, and Korean. The growing demand for translations into increasing numbers of languages testifies to the emerging international recognition of the importance of critical thinking in human life. It is a testament to the contributions of Paul and Elder to the growing field of critical thinking studies.
The Foundation for Critical Thinking seeks to promote essential change in society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking, thinking predisposed toward intellectual empathy, intellectual humility, intellectual perseverance, intellectual integrity, and intellectual responsibility. In a world of accelerating change, intensifying complexity, and increasing interdependence, critical thinking is now a requirement for economic and social survival. Contact the Foundation for Critical Thinking at www.criticalthinking.org.
Top Customer Reviews
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The first part of the book is great. It lays out how critical thinking is useful and has a series of charts and tables that are quite good for visualizing concepts. Ironically given my friend's argument it has one splitting out emotions, which when I mentioned to my friend now makes him think the authors are "one of them"...Wow. Anyway, this is the longest single bit of the book and so if you think you'll be just jumping into day one you have a lot of prep work to get through; it's maybe 40 pages long. The days themselves are only a few pages or so each. They're meant more to think about a concept than to be a whole lot of reading. I also liked the part about going back over it and spending a week on each topic the second time around.Read more ›
Richard Paul, co-author with Linda Elder of 30 Days, has spent decades developing a comprehensive model of critical thinking that is sufficiently unique that Elder refers to it as "Paulian critical thinking." 30 Days can serve as an introduction to Paulian critical thinking for anyone who wants to learn about this unique, comprehensive model of critical thinking. But someone who wants a concrete approach to the fundamentals of argument analysis and construction, good reasoning from premises to conclusions, spotting faulty arguments, etc., should look elsewhere.
For Paul, a critical thinker "is someone who is able to think well and fairmindedly not just about her own beliefs and viewpoints, but about beliefs and viewpoints that are diametrically opposed to her own," writes Gerald Nosich, a colleague of Elder and Paul. Paul distinguishes between "weak" sense critical thinking and "strong" sense critical thinking and says he is convinced that "if students are to learn to think critically in a strong sense, they must be exposed to critical thinking over an extended period of time, over years not months" (pages 473, 4 in Paul's 1992 book Critical Thinking: What Every Person Needs to Survive in a Rapidly Changing World).Read more ›
Fortunately, in their latest book, Elder and Paul have broken the process down into thirty nuggets, designed so you can digest each in one day. Drawing on the same techniques teachers have historically used to parse difficult books, like the Bible or classic Russian literature, their process guides readers through an intellectual labyrinthe by taking it one step at a time. This encourages readers to unpack their own conclusions, not swallow ready-made opinions.
Human thought, like human muscle action, must be learned through gradual coaching. Just as we may believe some lifting technique makes perfect sense, only to discover too late that it causes severe back pain, a thought may seem reasonable in light of reflexive beliefs and old prejudices. We must learn carefully, over a span of time, which thoughts will result in desirable outcomes, and which we'll pay dearly for down the line.
Far from expounding their own opinions, Elder and Paul cite many sources. Some expound how critical thinking works: Plato and Aristotle, Émile Durkheim, Eric Hoffer. Others exemplify critical thinking in action: Aquinas, Thomas Paine, HL Mencken, Margaret Mead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The contents of the book are great, but the binding quality is so inferior that the book is already falling apart.Published 2 months ago by Machuca
This is quite possibly the most informative, perception altering, and intellectually stimulating book I've ever read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by FanBoy
This book is utter crap. It titles itself as "critical thinking", yet it fosters no critical thinking and the readers that can enjoy are those with absolutely none of this crucial... Read morePublished 21 months ago by FrugalMonkey