So you're still trying to find out, huh?
Well, it seems that you're able to pick up on the established rules that don't change and remain consistent in any situation, like the grammatical rules you discussed.
Considering the prepositions, antecedents, predicates, and everything else relevent to sentence structure, it could be that you weren't able to find or develop some kind of simple, pneumonic system that could ingrain the idea into your head. You could perhaps develop one if that were the case, but the fact that you haven't could indicate something, but that's a farfetched assumption.
All you've done, according to the post, is memorize and retain only what is necessary. It seems that you didn't go out of your way to try and understand the system behind it, and accepted it for what it was. The only reason why you bothered to learn it was because you wanted the grade, we can assume.
I'm confused about this, though:
The "thinking" you described and critical thinking itself are basically the same definition, I think. If that isn't the case, and "think" means something else, then ignore that comment.But it's not because I can "think".
...And I think I overuse my critical thinking skills.
What's most important to consider, concerning you're thinking, however, is the context of both situations. What was the corporate job, specifically? It seems that you utilized the lower faculties of intellectualism to progress, so you should find out why this is the case, because when you're with your family, as you say, these critical thinking skills suddenly arise.
What do you mean by critical thinking near the bottom of your post? What was it that "killed" the atmosphere of whatever topic discussed during your family gatherings (or any other area where critical thinking, for you, takes place)? By answering those questions, you can create a defined idea of when it is you use certain mental capacities and why.
This could possible indicate your knowledge of particular details of certain topics that allows you to differentiate, rather than whatever else it is that I think you think is the reason.What's interesting, though, is that I'm great at troubleshooting and clarifying.
Alright. So, do you mean you want to make an outline to follow, or do you mean you just want a pre-existing outline to follow? If you want to make an outline to follow, then you're making a schedule or plan in accordance to your own rules and necessities. In following a pre-existing outline, then you're able to work with what was organized prior to your presence.I want an outline to follow.
It's all on what you feel most inclined to do.
So, reviewing everything I've just wrote, I think I went down a different road separate from what you were initially intending to ask. Take it into account, though, because while this "intellectual laziness" could very well be circumstantial, other traits you have mentioned could help further identify why it is that certain situations stimulate a response that utilizes your critical thinking skills, as opposed to others.
Note: I apologize if my "analysis" lends itself more to the 'SJ' temperament. Try taking my points individually and see if they apply, rather than as a whole that may describe an ESFJ, ISTJ, and so on.