Cool Critical Thinking Mindmap

This isn’t actually about our hypnosis downloads, but it’s so cool that I wanted to share it with you anyway.


If you want it sequentially, here are the contents of the MindMap, but if you compare this listing and the mindmap, you will see that the mind map is a lot more “brain friendly” :-)


1. Recognize Assumptions

Distinguish fact from opinion

What is the basis of your opinion?

What evidence do you have to support  it?

Why do you believe the information  is accurate?

Why do you think this would apply  to this problem?

Consider relevance

What assumptions are you making?

Why do you believe your assumptions  apply to this situation?

What assumptions do you think other  people are making?

If we were to shift our assumptions,  how would that affect our decision?

Seek alternative viewpoints

How do you see the situation?

Why do you see it this way?

What were you expecting to see?

How do you see this playing out  in the future?

How might the situation be different  if different assumptions were made?

2. Evaluate Arguments

Be aware of persuasion techniques

What’s in it for me?

What’s their intent?

What are the consequences?

Recognize bias

Is this statement free of judgment?

Is there confirmation bias?

Check strong emotions

How is emotion affecting the way  information is being presented  to you?

How are your emotions affecting  your ability to think critically?

How would you interpret the same  data if strong emotions were not  at play?

3. Draw Conclusions

Weigh data carefully

Where does the data come from?

Why consider the data?

Is data relevant?

What’s most important?

What does the data say?

How else can the data be interpreted?

Use multiple sources

How many sources are used and for  what purpose?

Are there other source that could  be used?

Ask others to critique

Who should critique your work and  why?

What do you want them to do?

Diagram for  understanding

CRITICAL THINKING is a continuous, purposeful, and reflective  process about what to believe, do, think, or learn. It is  fact based, hypothesis-driven, and structured thinking. It  uses systematic and objective methods to solve problems and  liberates you from inaccuracies, biases, and misleading information.

Thanks to Toni Krasnic for sharing this great overview on critical thinking, and again, I urge you to check his original Critical Thinking MindMap.

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