Logical Thinking v Common Sense

Isn’t logical thinking the same as common sense?

Logical Thinking means = a way to analyse a problem to come up with an answer sometimes using a formal system similar to mathematics (a process / disciplined method of thinking). Logical thinking, or incorporating logic into your thinking will ultimately help you to reach a conclusion which is as accurate as possible.

So what is common sense?

Common Sense means = Is a way of taking social understandings and rules, and applying them to a situation, by using common sense, doesn’t necessarily lead us to the truth.

That explains the difference in the most simplest form and easiest way to understand.
Logic is used to reach a conclusion using the most accurate route available to us / mankind.
Common sense however is not always accurate and can sometimes be based on assumptions, social acceptance  and no facts.
Remember (to ASSUME can make an ASS out of U and ME)

Lets look at an example of the two and how they could apply in our every day lives.

An example of logical thinking
At the end of every month you go to the cash point machine and find you are always overdrawn. Common sense would tell you that you are spending more than what you are earning. If however you were to incorporate some logical thinking you would perhaps delve deeper and do this:

Go home and analyse your outgoings and discover exactly where the money is going, see facts and evidence, you may discover that the bank has been overcharging you every month in which case that statement above that you are spending more than what you are earning is actually incorrect and not true.

Logical thinking is extremely powerful, take that above example…


logical thinking would lead you to shuffle bills around, get better deals and save a fortune, as well as getting money back from the bank.  had you relied on common sense alone without further investigation or analysis then you would still have been overdrawn every month and non the wiser.

If you have problems of any kind take a moment to jot it down on a piece of paper. Break it down, analyse it and look at tackling the problem with a logical mind. You will be surprised how this simple process / exercise can make a problem so much easier to solve. Many people today worry about issues concerning money, health, jobs, retirement, children etc.  however many people do little about tackling their problems in a logical manner, when these problems arise emotions kick in and logical thinking is a process which should involve no facts based on emotion.

It has been proven that people who think logically are smarter, they reach more accurate results and conclusions. Logical thinking people reach conclusions based on facts and accurate analysis with no emotion involved.

Incorporate some basic logical thinking into your life now, you will have wished you had done so years ago.