There are a number of intellectual traits which critical thinkers possess. These include the intellectual integrity, intellectual humility, intellectual sense of justice, intellectual perseverance, intellectual fair-mindedness, intellectual confidence in reasoning, intellectual courage, intellectual empathy and intellectual autonomy. Critical thinking helps us in analyzing our thoughts for possible biases and discriminations about certain issues and personalities. The self-concept is changed and enculturation is lessened through critical thinking which helps us in making more informed and unbiased judgments and decisions. We often make decisions based on the way the issues are presented to us. The media, culture, values, religion and other factors influence our decision making processes. Critical thinking directs us towards an open minded and unbiased judgment about issues. It helps us in making rational decisions without being affected by our self concept or other influences. Critical thinking requires an open mind which is not affected by feelings of anger, depression and tension. The ego defenses also need to be considered when thinking critically for making decisions.