Element 5 of “The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking,” is what Drs. Burger and Starboard term the Quintessential Element. This fifth element is telling us to just do it. Apply the first four elements. Reading the book is not enough, we must work at changing our habits.
I would like to add some personal notes here. As you can easily tell from the preceding posts, that I value this book highly and urge you to read it, engage change and transform yourself.
If I had one criticism of this book it would be the title. I object to the article “The” in the title. There are more than these five elements to effective thinking. I would further argue that if you apply the elements in this book to thinking, you will likely find them.
I find myself engaged in several lines of inquiry at one time. I must apply these elements to each line of inquiry as well as thinking across lines of inquiry. We all have limited cognitive resources, so there is only so much we can do during a given time frame. So we must all prioritize our efforts. This is constantly a limitation, which is frustrating. But the mental activity is enjoyable and fulfilling. And it builds growth mindsets.
I would also remind you that much thinking takes place in your non conscious or unconscious mind. After you have engaged in the exercises described in the elements of effective thinking and ceased to think consciously about them, your unconscious mind will continue to work on the problemss. You might well find solutions popping into your mind that are presumably unsummoned. To read more about these processes enter “unconscious” in the healthy memory blog search box.
I also encourage you to read healthymrmory blog posts bearing on critical thinking (enter “critical thinking” into the healthy memory blog search block).
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