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Deep Thinking Skills for Better Decision Making
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1. Brain is efficient but lazy!

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Brain boils down every input it receives to a pattern that can be stored and recalled easily.

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This pattern making behaviour of the brain leads to creation of assumptions, perceptions, instincts and heuristics (mental short-cuts).

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For routine tasks the brain working on a reflex (without thinking deep) is an efficient way of working.

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5. And at times ‘acting on instinct’ is the right
approach... When in danger the brain decides ‘fight or flight’ instinctively.
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However, such ‘intuitive thinking’ is not always advantageous. We have to be wary of ‘bad habits’ of the brain...
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Bad Habits of the Brain - 1: At times our

emotions and beliefs may lead us to wrong assumptions and perceptions.

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Bad Habits of the Brain -

become ‘ethnocentric’ - influenced by own society and culture, oblivious of other ways of thinking
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Brain can

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Bad Habits of the Brain right, others are wrong” )

‘egocentric’ - influenced by own ego ( “I am

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Brain can become

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Instead of relying only on intuition for making decisions and choices learn the steps for deep or reflective thinking...

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Deep Thinking Step - 1: Discipline your brain to challenge intrinsic assumptions, perceptions and instincts.

12. Use techniques like Six Hat Thinking, PlusMinus-Interesting Analysis, Role Playing, Critical Questioning, Games & Simulations.
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Deep Thinking Step -

effort to think of ‘alternatives’. Use techniques like brainstorming, creating ‘what-if’ scenarios, word association and De Bono’s ‘Po’ analysis.
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Make a deliberate

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Deep Thinking Step -

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Weigh all alternatives

by working out the possible downstream consequences of each. A ‘Socratic Dialogue’ with self or others to explore pros & cons of alternatives further clarifies thinking, leading to better decisions.
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Deep Thinking Review - 1: For complex situations, where more than one factor can vary, Reflective of Deep thinking becomes imperative.

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Deep Thinking Review -

situations decisions should not be influenced by first rush of emotions, instincts or impulse.

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In complex

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Deep Thinking Review -

choices should not be based only on perceptions formed by past experiences.

3: Decisions and

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choices should be based on deliberate and conscious thinking... start with generating new alternatives.

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Decisions and

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Deep Thinking Final Thought: Work out the downstream consequences of alternates and then decide. Such a decision will be better than an intuitive one!

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About the Author
Co-founder, www.TimelessLifeskills.co.uk Co-founder, www.EnablingDimensions.com Blog: http://atulpant.blogspot.com
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