Here are three approaches to critical thinking:
1. Skepticism: Don't accept dogma. Question the validity of data and the motives of the source. Seek independent confirmation of the idea.
2. Subjectivity: Avoid being swayed by the emotions of an idea or concept. l Detach yourself from the subject or source, and evaluate the information without prejudice. Be open minded.
3. Curiosity: Question the basis for the idea. How did the person come up with the concept? Ask yourself about the source. What is her goal, her bias? Is there a reasonable alternate conclusion or opinion that the source could arrive at, given the same information?