Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

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Understanding some of the key psychological ideas that explain how our brains work will help you to avoid common thinking traps and make better decisions at work.

This critical thinking course will help junior lawyers to understand decision making processes and improve how they evaluate information.

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Course Information

Getting a better understanding of how our brains work helps us to challenge our assumptions and evaluate information and data more accurately.  It also helps us to understand other people’s actions and decisions and develop strategies to influence them.

This online course can be delivered as three separate modules or as a one day course.

Module 1 – The Impact Hour

1 hour

This module explains and reviews some of the key psychological ideas that help us improve our workplace behaviours.

  • The basic construct of the mind’s thinking processes – thinking ‘fast and slow’
  • Anchoring
  • Prominence
  • Social proof
  • Reciprocity
  • Control and choice

Module 2 – Common thinking traps and how to avoid them

2 hours
  • Thinking traps, cognitive weaknesses and mental shortcuts
    • Confirmation bias
    • The ‘availability heuristic’
    • Tendency to trust
  • Critical thinking about planning work
    Exposing the cognitive reasons why we are very over optimistic about how long things will take, and cost.
  • Focusing on outcomes
    How to change focus from seeking academic outcomes into being very much more practical in the workplace.

Module 3 – Information, Data and Narratives

2 hours
  • What I see (and what I don’t)
    We are designed to make quick decisions and often spend little or no time assessing whether we have enough data to make a decision. Working out what is missing is not a natural cognitive function and takes practice. Also, much of our ‘seeing’ is subconscious and needs to pulled into our conscious mind for analysis.
  • Statistics, chance, and the illusion of expertise
    We have a number of important weaknesses when dealing with data and narratives.

    We are poor statisticians, finding it hard to assess the importance of the sample size (for example). We are poor at accepting that some things are just the products of pure chance.

  • Understanding narratives
    We understand the world better when we understand ‘cognitive dissonance’ and how people are driven to behave by reference to their values and how those values links to their actions.

Outcomes

As a result of completing this course you will:

  • Better understand the basic construct of the mind’s thinking processes
  • Understand common thinking traps
  • Always consider whether you need more information before making a decision
  • Be aware of the risks when dealing with data and statistics
  • Better understand the psychology behind influencing others

 

Critical Thinking for Lawyers Live Online Course

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Critical Thinking for Lawyers Face-to-face Course

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