During the three weeks of my classes, I have learned many new and interesting concepts, frameworks, and facts. The materials were dedicated to the linguistic, psychological and social issues that can help to improve soft skills such as communication. The course included videos and articles on the number of topics. The frameworks that have been learned through this period can be used as tools enhancing education and career fields.
During the first week, we have got new information about critical thinking and types of personality. One of the concepts from the first week that I liked the most is 16 Myers Briggs Personality types. This system allows to define a person’s traits of character and probable patterns of behavior. The Myers Briggs framework includes such dichotomies as introversion – extraversion, sensing – intuition, thinking – feeling, and judging – perceiving. Based on these scales, it is possible to define in which field a person can be effective, which type of communication they prefer, which profession would suit them the most. To my mind, such information can improve the person’s communicative skills, as it allows to understand the people’s needs and to find common language with anyone. Thus, it can be useful in the career field, as it is important to understand the way the colleagues interact with people and data. Besides, it is possible to demonstrate the needed skills during job interviews. The framework allows to define in some extent whether an applicant suits the job and whether they can find a common language with other colleagues.
The second week was dedicated to the language issues, such as the interplay of language and perception and the influence of the language on thought. A number of barriers to critical thinking was also described in one of the course articles (Barriers to critical thinking, n.d.). The article described such patterns of perception as egoistic and biased thinking, drone mentality, and schedule pressure. These ways of thinking should be avoided in order to think critically. During the third week, we have learned about fallacies, good arguments, and statistics. This information can be especially useful during education and work associated with analysis. Besides, an ability to read the statistics and find logical fallacies can help to discern truth from lies. Thus, the materials of the course can help to develop a range of skills and to build a successful career.
Barriers to critical thinking. (n.d.) Problem-Solving-Techniques.com.