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Do you ever find yourself changing your mind based on the opinion of others? Explore core concepts of independent thinking and in 10 meaningful minutes earn your digital badge.

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Do you ever find yourself changing your mind based on the opinion of others, or perhaps never changing your mind once it’s been “made up”? We’re constantly being tossed back and forth in a sea of ideas, and it can be a challenge to embrace true independent thinking when it stands at odds with our natural desire for harmony. This course examines why it’s difficult for us to spot our own biases and why it’s easy for us to embrace groupthink. Learn about qualities and practices that promote independent thought, which can in turn help us heal our divisions and solve problems together. By completing this GEM, you will be able to:

  • Explain why it is so difficult to spot our own biases.

  • Analyze thinking for evidence of influence and independence.

  • Describe qualities and practices that promote independent thought.

  • Add an exclusive credential to LinkedIn and other platforms.

GEM Contributor

Ben Paris

Ben Paris has over 25 years of experience in learning design and product development and has unique expertise in assessment, improving critical thinking skills, and role-based simulations. He is a former Kaplan Curriculum Director responsible for industry-leading LSAT, GMAT, and GRE courses.

At Pearson Education, he was responsible for assessment standards, training assessment partners, and using assessment in innovative ways to improve the learner experience. At ansrsource, Ben’s vision of assessment guided the production of hundreds of thousands of assessment items each year. He also founded ansrsource’s Applied Critical Thinking Institute, where he developed programs that were proven to significantly improve critical thinking skills. He has created award-winning online learning systems, trained hundreds of writers and teachers, and personally helped thousands of students achieve their educational goals.

Ben got his J.D. from NYU, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College, and completed the General Course at the London School of Economics. He has earned 99th percentile scores on many of the most rigorous and competitive tests of critical thinking, including the LSAT, GMAT, and the Watson-Glaser. Ben has trained for over 30 years in Tae Kwon Do, earning a sixth-degree black belt and winning multiple Grand Championships in black belt competition.

He is a published author, with credits in Parenting for High Potential, Inside Higher Ed, Black Belt Magazine and Tae Kwon Do Times. Ben owns over 10,000 comic books and has an odd sense of humor. Other than that, he is completely normal.

The GEM Strategy

Rajiv Narayana, President & CEO, ansrsource

"The quickening pace of change that organizations and that each of us are experiencing can be overwhelming. We’ve observed an increasing need for efficient and timely experiences that help enable transformation, allowing learners to make sense of and keep pace with a constantly changing world. ansrsource is very excited to launch our GEM learning experiences to meet the need of Accelerating Transformation Through Learning™."