Self Reflection Chart
Thinking About My Thinking
NAME: Adrian Bisek 301032297
What cultural beliefs do I subscribe to?
Growing up in a Roman Catholic home wasn’t easy for me. Every Sunday I would wake up early
to go mass and learn more about our creator. Over the last few years my family has faded in the
church but personally I have grown religiously and joined my own Christian church and continue
to follow. This belief is based on faith; believing that God is real; believing that Jesus came and
died for our sins, then resurrected to continue to be with us today through the Holy Spirit.
Having faith that all the stories and teachings in the Bible are true. This belief encourages me to
be a better person, having good morals, understanding others, trusting and having a relationship
with the god of the universe.
What spiritual beliefs do I hold? How might they affect the way I think? Are there
options I will never consider or explore? Are there subjects I will never engage?
The choices I make during each day are based on the way I was raised. I follow the Bible and
live by example. There are decisions such as the way I can treat a stranger, or act towards a
negative situation, or being “cool” under peer pressure as well as how generous I can be. My
decision making is affected by how I was raised and what I was taught. There are many options
that can lead me off my path, but it is up to me to engage them or not. I am not perfect and
there are temptations that are sinful, but I would rather be high on life and live it for God. My
Christian background can provoke me to choose an option, it is not final until I decide, and I
have the option to go with or against my belief. If I have a bad chapter in my life, forgiveness is
given as I work towards spreading the love.
Do I believe in ultimate free will, or am I a strict determinist? What thinking effects
does this belief produce?
I believe in free will. The way that I see it with my religion is that god has made me a story
where I am a knight and my ultimate goal is to defeat the dragon. In the story I will be thrown
off my path, experience many ups and downs, and eventually hit my plot climax and resolution.
That story is my life. Here’s the kicker, although there is a story set for me, I have to the choice
or free will to live it out or not. I have the free will to disobey and betray my creator and go and
live my life completely different than what is situated. I do what I want but I will always
remember that I will be judged over my life and whether my decisions were good or poor
decisions. This effects my thinking because I will likely go with was I feel is right according to
Do I believe thinking is something that you can improve at, or do I believe that my
thinking ability is pretty much set in stone? How much control do I have over my
I believe that thinking is a skill that can be improved with practice. I feel that a skill is scaled by
how people act towards it. If they are lazy at it, then it will be a poor skill. If individuals live it
and be taught about it, it can be a great skill. A cliché statement “can’t teach an old dog new
tricks” relates completely, but I disagree with the statement. If I really want to learn and
increase my thinking potential throughout this class, I have to work hard and practice through
each assignment and “reassignments”. The more experience I gain, the stronger capabilities I
What opinions or beliefs have been instilled in me due to my upbringing or personal
I was raised to be good, do well and live with the right moral values. I spend time praying and
reading the Bible which I feel enhances my experiences through life. This was encouraged
during my upbringing as well as now in my personal decisions.
What is more important to me - feeling happy, avoiding conflict/stress, being right,
being perceived as right, or getting along with other people? How might these
priorities affect my thinking process?
I would like all these emotions if possible. I would say it depends on the situation and the
importance of the subject, for example using negative language or swear words. It is likely I
would let others know how I feel about it, whether it’s good, okay, or bad. I would try to get
along with them and have acceptance both ways, nothing too serious. But if it’s hard core drugs,
I would likely mention something and express my opinion through my good morals and religious
sense. Perhaps lecturing or preaching on someone to an extent.
How much faith do I put in my own memory? How might this level of confidence in
my own memory affect the way I think and listen?
A fairly large trait in my personality is that I am conceited. I tend to over exaggerate many
things or events that I become apart of. With this, I feel that my memories are still okay and
remotely correct, but the way I explain them may sound different. Though I explain them more
heroically than they are, I still can picture the original story. I am thinking of a vivid memory
right now about how I caught a baseball in the outfield near a fence that I have explained many
times to different people changing the details. Where basically the floating baseball came right
to me, I caught it and we won the game. Somehow, the baseball became a line drive homerun
where I ran and jump upon the fence to catch it, and it was amazing! I find that thinking of the
lame memory doesn’t change in my mind even with the over the top creativity I explain it with.
How stubborn am I? How easy is it for me to hear an opinion I don't agree with?
I feel that I am a pretty easy going guy. I can consider many views, and will agree or accept an
opinion. Then again, it also depends on the importance and situation. For example an ideology;
I could get into a heated discussion and possibly become stubborn, but it doesn’t happen too
often. I will listen and debate fittingly and show that I am a very understanding person. I would
have to be really raddled up to speak my mind inappropriately.
What determines how good of a thinker someone is - his/her genetics, his/her
upbringing, his/her commitment to thinking as a skill, or something else? What
effects might this belief have on my own thinking?
Thinking is a skill that is grown with the person while they are raised. Thinking or any skill on
that matter is all about the upbringing of the individual. I was born in a country that spoke
English; my parents came from a foreign country and learnt English as I did. Now, because I
was not encouraged to read due to the fact that my parents couldn’t read, I believe that I am
lacking in someway with my thinking skill. I am older today and understand more, but still read
at what I feel is a grade six level. As I take more English classes, I feel that my reading get
practiced which improves my vocabulary as well as communication. This all affects how and why
I think the way I do. Essentially, I believe thinking is a skill that grows with the person and can
improve as well as decrease with the level of experience that is practiced.
Who or what do I define as a credible source? How rigorous am I in making sure
what I subscribe to is actually true? For that matter, how do I define truth? How do
these beliefs/actions affect my thinking process and outcomes?
It depends on what’s the credible source. If it’s on paper where many academic scholars have
reviewed it, I would call that credible. But saying something like it’s raining outside when its
drizzling is dependant on whose giving and receiving the information. If someone was to tell me
that they took about an hour to write all this, my first instinct would be to believe them, but
without any proof or witness I really can’t say a thousand percent yes its true; it could have
taken no more than twenty minutes. I depend a lot on trust and my religiousness which would
also make me believe more at first glance. This makes it difficult to define truth, that’s why we
should all believe that everything on the internet is true and this topic would be over and done
What have you learned? What are the major factors, beliefs, behaviors, etc, that affect you
personally when it comes to your own thinking process? Write a short summary outlining what
you have discovered and submit this form via the submission tool by your designated section
I have noticed some of my mistakes and with this review hopefully can improve on future
assignments. I added more detail as well as examples where they may be needed. Sometimes I
feel that I am rambling on and add quantity rather than quality. Hopefully that is not the case
and I am enhancing my work for the reader.
I think that I think way too much about thinking. I found that I wrote way more than I
expected. Perhaps the course has encouraged me to think more than I would on my own time,
or it’s the Red Bull that temporarily enhanced my thinking ability. I never really had to express
my beliefs or behaviors before, so another reason for all this writing may be that I enjoyed this
process of learning more about myself rather than finding this as an assignment.