"“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
― Adrienne Rich
It's too easy to be influenced or rather allow yourself to be influenced by what others think. A key part of critical thinking is the ability to question, to be self-aware of how your brain works. That's a daily ongoing task to practise.
Critical thinking is crucial for good decision-making. Here are some great TED talks to help understand how we make choices.
What makes you, you? Is it how you think of yourself, how others think of you, or something else entirely? Philosopher Julian Baggini draws from philosophy and neuroscience to give a surprising answer.