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Valuable Intellectual Traits

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There are several ways to grow intellectually as a beginning thinker. Traits are a part of our thought process. I’ve learned that intellectual traits are characteristics of a fairminded critical thinker. You have to realize that practice makes a perfect critical thinker. The process of independently analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information as a guide to behavior and beliefs is what is thought to be a critical thinker. Critical thinking is that method of thinking about any subject, content, or problem in which the thinker increases the quality of his or her thinking by proficiently taking charge of the structures essential in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them. The standards of thinking to the elements of thinking result in the development of intellectual traits. The trait I’ll focus on is intellectual humility. A person that thinks he or she knows everything doesn’t possess the trait of intellectual humility.

Intellectual humility is having an awareness of the limits of your knowledge. Intellectual humility depends on realizing that you should not claim more than what you actually know. It does not infer spinelessness or submissiveness. It denotes the lack of intellectual self-importance, bragging, or arrogance, combined with insight into the logical foundations, or lack of such foundations, of your beliefs.

Native egocentrism can characterized as being boastful, arrogant and conceited. For example, if a known A student steps into a classroom before taking an exam, bragging about he knows his grade already. He also boasts about his pretentious grade and looks down on other student, that’s being egocentrism. Egocentrism serves as our default mind when our rational mind is underdeveloped or not enga...

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