Critical Thinking with Emotional Intelligence


How important is it to consider emotional intelligence in critical thinking?

Often thinking is considered separate from emotions, but good critical thinkers use emotional information to inform their thinking.

  • Describe how emotional intelligence and critical thinking work together

  • Differentiate between the two thinking systems and their impact on your emotional intelligence

  • Identify with unconscious bias and thinking distortions and recognise how they influence thinking

  • Determine ways that you can develop and improve your critical thinking

Thinking about thinking and using emotional information in intelligent ways

Emotional intelligence has been identified as a fundamental leadership skill in the 2020's.

Using emotional information appropriately builds relations and supports critical thinking and problem solving. Decisions are confidently made that are ethical, authentic and empathetic.

Critical thinking refers to the ability to analyse information objectively and make a reasoned judgement. Good critical thinking involves the evaluation of sources, such as data, facts, observable phenomena, and research findings.  Good critical thinking also considers unconscious bias and how this impacts upon logical thinking and systems thinking. 

Critical thinking and problem solving abilities are among the most sought-after skills in almost every industry and workplace.

Often thinking is considered separate from emotions, but good critical thinkers use emotional intelligence to draw reasonable conclusions from a range of information sources determining what is useful and what isn’t.

Using emotional intelligence as a part of critical thinking means that the impact of this thinking is considered with empathy. 

Critical thinking is often confined to systems thinking, but to be an effective critical thinker involves understanding how emotions can help and hinder thinking processes.  This course explores the connection between critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence skills considering how they can be applied to strategic thinking skills in pragmatic and applicable ways. Combining critical thinking with emotional intelligence makes for a powerful combination.

Although the course is based on scientific research, it does not go into detail around the research.  We explore the concepts in a straightforward, pragmatic manner to understand what they mean and how they be applied in the workplace.

Underpinning critical thinking skills is your cognitive bias - your unconscious bias.  Self-paced online programmes are widely regarded as one of the most accessible, and effective forms of building awareness about unconscious bias in the workplace.  The course investigates unconscious bias to develop your awareness.  Training in unconscious bias will not mean that you will not have biases.  They will remain, by definition, unconscious.  The course seeks to build your awareness of their existence and highlights when to look out for them. 

This is not an introductory course on emotional intelligence. There are many courses by a range of good instructors that explain the some of the fundamental basics of emotional intelligence. This course explores emotional intelligence at a deeper level exploring its application to critical thinking.

Completing the course (including the practical activities) will give you the understanding and capabilities to meet future requirements of leadership as markets and industries evolve over the next few years.

Explore and recognise thinking styles in problem solving and decision making, the information in emotions, the role of emotions in learning, unconscious bias, thinking distortions and much, much more.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the Course

    • Introduction to Critical Thinking with Emotional Intelligence

    • Critical Thinking with Emotional Intelligence - Learning Outcomes

    • Defining Emotional Intelligence and how Critical Thinking was Involved

    • Thinking About Thinking

    • Speaking in Emotionally Intelligent Ways

  • 2

    Practical Activity: Reflecting About This Course

    • Reflecting about this Course

  • 3

    Decisions, Decisions! Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence and Decisions

    • Critical Thinking and Criticism

    • Thinking and the 4 Styles of Decision Making

    • Thinking and Decision Making - Directive

    • Thinking and Decision Making - Behavioural

    • Thinking and Decision Making - Conceptual

    • Thinking and Decision Making - Analytical

    • Personality and Emotional Intelligence in Decision Making

    • Critically Thinking About The Way You Use Your Emotional Intelligence

  • 4

    Thinking About Thinking

    • Exploring the Concept of Critical Thinking

    • Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence

    • What Thinking is all About

    • The Myths about Left Brain and Right Brain Thinking

    • Thinking Capabilities

    • The Two Thinking Systems - Fast and Slow

    • Improving Critical Thinking

    • The Role of Emotions in Learning

  • 5

    Unconscious Bias

    • Values and Bias

    • Investigating Unconscious Bias

    • Measuring Unconscious Bias

    • Working with your Unconscious Bias

  • 6

    Thoughtless Thinking - Thinking Distortions and Cognitive Biases

    • Thoughtless Thinking Introduction

    • Always Being Right and Jumping to Conclusions

    • Some Common Fallacies

    • Some Common Generalisations

    • Expectation Biases

    • Distortions Influenced by Emotion

    • Critical Distortions Around Thinking

    • Dealing with Cognitive Biases and Thinking Distortions

  • 7

    Critical Thinking and Active Listening

    • Introduction to the Active Listening Quiz

    • Active Listening Quiz

    • Active Listening Quiz Results

    • Active Listening and Assumptions

  • 8

    Developing Critical Thinking with Emotional Intelligence

    • Critical Thinking Questions

    • Critical Thinking Cheat Sheet

    • Further Thoughts Around Critical Thinking

    • Critical Thinking Steps and Course Review

    • Practical Activity - Three Good Things

  • 9

    Practical Activity: Exercises in Critical Thinking

    • An Exercise in Critical Thinking

    • An Exercise in Critical Thinking (Answers)

  • 10

    An Advanced Emotional Intelligence Quiz

    • An Advanced Emotional Intelligence Quiz

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