It is derived from the Latin word which means to know. It is a mental activity that goes in brain when a person processing into organizing, understanding and communicating it to others. Thinking allows human to make sense of interprete, represent or model the world they experience and to make prediction about that world.
1)Cognitive activity: Thinking is a mental activity that goes in our mind.
2)Goal oriented: It is always directed towards some end or purpose. In genuine thinking we wonder on with definite goal.
3)Problem solving: Thinking is described as problem solving behavior. The thinking arrises when the problem arrises. Any thinking would be problem solving behavior but every problem solving behavior may not be thinking.
4)Shifts rapidly: Thinkins isnt static /constant. Thinking may be shift rapidly covering an expanse of time and space almost intaineously.5)Symbolic process: In thinking there arise mental solution of the problem which is carried out through some signs, symbol and mental images.
6)Personal matters: Thinking is personal matter because it con not be visualized by other about our internal thinking process which we can not share to all others.
Types of thinking:
1)Autistic Thinking:Thinking is governed by internal process irrespective of real worlds concern. It may be about pleasureable wishes, planning about future action etc.
2)Perceptual thinking: The basis of this thinking is perception i.e: interpretation of sensation according to ones sensation. It is also called concrete thinking which carries over the perception of actual or concrete object & events.
3)Conceptual thinking: It is also called abstract thinking which requires the concept, generalized ideas and language. It is superior to perceptual thinking that economise effort in understanding & problem solving.
4)Inductive thinking: It is a process of reasoning from past to the whole to generalize all/whole & through one specific part.
5)Deductive thinking:It is a process to reasoning from the whole to the specific part.
6)Critical thinking: It is concerned on solution through reason to solve the facing problems.
Components of Thinking
The various element or tools applied on thinking process may be summarized as the components of thinking. In the process of thinking we usually relay on following elements or tools:
The mental images consist of mental picture of our past experience relating to objects, scenes, hearing etc.
A concept is a generalized ideas that represent the common property of all objects or events of a specific class. The concept may be super-ordinate, basic level type, sub-ordinate, formal, natural etc.
This concept correspond to our mental image or the basic example of our concept when we think about concept we often think the representative eg. of it. For instance, when we think about vechicles we may trace a picture of bus, truck etc. in our mind.
Its a process in which information is used to draw conclusion in order to make decision. It is based on cognitive and critical thinking.
Our mind is said to the chief instrument or reservoir for carrying out the process of thinking. Thus whatever be happen in our thinking process can simply be called as product or function of our brain.
Reasoning is essentially a cognitive ablity and reassembles thinking in so many aspects. It is used to describe the mantal cognition o cause and effect relationship. It may be prediction of an event from an observed cause or an interference of an observed event.
According to Garret
Reasoning is stop wise thinking with a purpose of goal in mind.
Types of Thinking
Reasoning may be classified into two broad types, that are mentioned as below:
It is a way of providing a statement or generalizing a rule or principle by providing that the statement is true in some particular case. For instance, if there are maximum people are mortal in one class we perceive that all human beings are mortal. Eg; iron, air and water expands when it heated, thus we perceive that all solid liquid and gas expands when it is heated.
Deductive reasoning start completely agreeing with some already discovered, pre-established or generalized fact or principle and applies in some specific cases. For, instance we say all human beings are mortal thus we perceive that we are human being so we must be mortal. Eg; matter expands when heated as such iron is a matter thus it expands when it is heated.
3)Thought and Brain
Thinking is the primary function of brain. The brain is the reservoir for carrying out the process of thinking. Whatever be an experience through our sense organ it carries no meaning and can not serve the stimulating agent, an instrument or object of our thinking, unless the brain receive the same picture or image that properly interpreted for deriving some meaning. Therefore what happen in our thought process can simply be called as a game function or the product of the activities of our brain.
Problem solving is a process off overcoming difficulties that appear to interfere with the attainment of goal. It is a procedure of making adjustment in spite of interference. It involves higher thinking and systematic scientific step for the realization of the set of goals. The scientific step involves identification of problems awareness, understanding and collection of relevant information, formulation of hypothesis, selection of proper solution and verification of the conducted solution or hypothesis.