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Controlling the "Bipolar Beast"

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Please Note:

The Critical Thinking course once lived here on this page, and still does, but in a very different form now. For one thing, no work is done outside of the Fyreniyce-Think list forum. At one time during the early years of this website, I would work in dialogue one-on-one with whomever was interested in improving their critical skills, but the correspondance level inundated me and I decided to make the list itself our critical skills laboratory.
The following pages may be printed out as handouts that will provide a quick introduction to some basic concepts in critical thinking. You will notice that each section is distinct, thus making it easy to download or come back to as you wish. I have tailored the handouts specifically for those dealing with being bipolar. Hence, each offers examples and ideas, along with direct instructions and explanations addressing the way bad thinking makes for greater illness and poorer life quality. Shoddy, sloppy, confused thinking can spell hospitalisation and even death.
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The handouts constitute a fairly standard and straightforward introduction to the basics of critical thinking . Once you've read through the definitions and other materials, you then will be ready to discuss and debate controversial topics with the list group. ALL of your feedback and learning comes from and through both myself and your peers on the list so you'll have to join the Fyreniyce-THINK list in order to participate.

In other words, I think progress in thinking occurs only when one or more persons engage in a dialogue, in a philosophical discussion, if you will. In this manner, we can get to know each other individually. Part of the value of this course (for those of you who cringe a bit at new or unsettling experiences) is to help you overcome that nagging fear or apprehension. It's a struggle, I can promise you that, because I've watched my college students fight to overcome the same kind of apprehension, but the sense of accomplishment they felt having achieved their goal seemed well worth it to them as I hope it will to you too.

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Brief synopses of each of the handouts follow. Just follow the link for each to begin the section.


ball Handout 1: This section covers some basic skills for accessing your personal thinking style.

ball Handout 2: A section exploring specific blocking mechanisms that make for poor thinking ability.

ball Handout 3: Discussion of language, especially how it is often used to confuse and persuade via a powerful rhetoric.

ball Handout 4: This module delves deeply into the distinction to be made between "believing" and "knowing" whether something is true or false.

ball Handout 5: An in depth discussion of morality, ethics and moral judgements in terms of their origin and impact on how the bipolar person often harshly judges him/herself.

ball Handout 6: This bit will surprise and shock you, but it gives you a sure method (based upon careful consideration and analysis of what it means to be "responsible") for making really tough choices.

ball Handout 7: This is a wrap-up with an emphasis on real life examples and applications of the aforementioned skills.

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