Critical Thinking

Theoretical knowledge is indispensable:

Knowledge of a coherent conceptual framework makes it possible to spot and define mistakes in reasoning, and it increases an individuals capacity of self-reflection and self-criticism; it will also make it easier for teachers to provide feedback.
Having command of the lingo is like having x-ray vision into thinking. For example, if you know what is meant by affirming the consequent, it will be easier for you to find examples of poor reasoning, because you will be able to pick out the kind of reasoning that fits that particular pattern more quickly.

Critical Thinking

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Knowing My Purpose

The existence of mankind is more than a freak biological accident, we were created and that means we have value to our Creator. The Creator created every person with and for a purpose. Each individual has a significance and meaning, and life is more than random events strung together by fate.


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We are Thinking Beings, and because We Think, We should be in a position to have the ability to operate from Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding based on our past experiences.  However, because we respond to our life’s challenges and/or adversaries, we are prone to respond out of Emotions, not understanding that “Emotions override Logic”.

Our thinking controls our behavior.  So now, if we are to understand that our thinking controls our behavior, it stands to reason that if We want to change any behavior, we must change our thinking, First.  This is very elementary, basic, and fundamental thinking.  Our past experiences are supposed to be the most influential guidelines that we will ever need, to guide us into living a life by design, designed based on the lessons I’ve learned from my past experiences.

Sam R Ford, BSW, MSP, CDCA

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The Process


I have not blogged in a while and I needed to update everyone on what has been going on with me.  As it turned out, I suffered an Ischemic Stroke in February and I have been undergoing a regiment of many medications in an effort to lesson the possibility of suffering another episode.  As I have stated in my last blog, I did obtain my Master of Science of Psychology.

It was my goal to enter my Doctoral program, but that has since been tabled until further notice, however, I am in the process of writing my life’s story and how I came to be where I am today in my life.  I have mentioned in a previous blog that, it is my hearts desire to reach as many as possible, those individuals who have or are in the position that I was in, and that is, being behind those prison walls.

Since I have been employed as a public employee and working with adult felons, I have seen many who have lost the struggle with CHANGE.  This process of change is not an easy task and, it requires dedication, determination, and commitment to that CHANGE.  We must position ourselves with a made-up mind that “no matter what, and by any means necessary, I will not give up”.  It must be clearly understood that the negative energy will be intensified because we have chosen to travel that road to change.  This is a road that has been identified as being less traveled, but I am here to attest that it can be done with perseverance.

If we think differently, we can behave differently.  This is where it all begins, with our “Thinking”.  This process is a long process and one must be committed to changing his or her belief system.  It is our belief system that has us trapped into thinking that it is so hard and boring.  Then we become trapped into reverting to our old way of wanting the easy way out and that is our old comfort zone.  Of course, this may appear to be less complicated and leads to an easy excuse for us to minimize our current decision to accept defeat.

This New Way of Thinking must be practiced.  First there must be a life plan developed.  One must create a list of five goals and the plan should describe that process of reaching each goal.  Allow me to clarify this one point, “if you do not commit to following your plan, then it is like not having a plan.  If you work for the plan, the plan will work for you.  The goals should be short-term goals that are obtainable within a 1 to 5 year period.  Keep in mind how we said that the negative energy will appear to be intensified because it wants you to revert back into thinking those old negative thoughts and emotions.  I have developed a concept of an equation, this is the equation that the enemy presents to us, first, we must remember that we are in a positive state at this point which is represented by “0”.  The equations have these signs:  + 1 =.   Here is how it looks,  0 + 1 = 1.  As I’ve said, the zero represents the individuals who remain positive about his or her change, the plus sign represents the negative energy and the number one represents our old belief system and the equal sign represents the consequences and the results of the equations depends on how we respond to the challenges of life’s circumstances or events, in other words, “the vicissitudes of life”.  This post will be continued in another post as we move forward.

Sam Ford, BSW, MSP, CDCA

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The next Chapter

I have now obtained my Master of Science of Psychology Degree.  I have now been out of prison for 11 years and I will now begin a new chapter in my life in which it is making an attempts to reach out more to this heterogeneous population of which I was once a part of.  Now that I have become a changed individual and a productive member of society, I am now involved with this heterogeneous population.  I believe that my experience of being incarcerated for 20 years was not just for me to learn something about myself, but to be an integral part in assisting those individuals who have reached that point of really wanting to change his or her life fully.  I have said on a number of occasions, “When the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change, change will occur”.

Those of us who are Ex-offenders are the ones who will set that generation of ex-offenders of change, and prove to society that WE can change and be a productive member in our communities.  Change does not come easy, it is hard but achieveable.  There must be a written plan set in place in an effort to reach our goals.  I am a living example that people can change.  Since I’ve been out, I have accomplished the goals within my life plan, and that is obtaining my MSP degree.  I have also obtained my Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistance license.  I have obtained my BSW degree.

It is my greatest desire to be an effective individual in the lives of those individuals who have gone down that road of being behind bars.  With this, I like to say that if you truly want to travel this road of change, then let’s begin.

Sam R. Ford, BSW, MSP, CDCA

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Moving Forward

This is another chapter in my life that is approaching its end, well, at least in this area.  I have obtained my Master of Science of Psychology.  This is yet another defining moment in my life.  Who would ever thought that someone like me would have come so far, especially being in prison for 20 years, after serving a 15 to life sentence.

This is to show all those individuals who think life may be over after serving time in prison.  Really, if you look at, after being released, life is just beginning all over again.  This  is based on whether or not if you begin as such.  You can rebuild your life to whatever your dreams may be.  No one can hold you back except “YOU” yourself.  We are our own worst enemy.    You can do anything you want to do “if your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it, you can achieve it” (author unknown).

Sam Ford, MSP

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If there are any ex-offenders who run across my website I welcome any response telling of your experience and how you have change your life.

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