think for (oneself)

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think for (oneself)

To have opinions or make decisions without letting other people dictate to or influence oneself. You can't just blindly follow what your boss says, especially if you think he's unscrupulous—you need to think for yourself! Hannah needs to learn how to think for herself, or else she'll just follow whatever her friends are doing.
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think for

oneself to do one's own thinking; to think independently. I think for myself. I don't need anyone to tell me what to do, do I? Sam has to learn to think for himself. He can't let other people make his decisions for him all his life.
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His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
In my time, the encouragers of modern painting were limited in number to a few noblemen and gentlemen of ancient lineage, who, in matters of taste, at least, never presumed to think for themselves.
They represented the aristocracy of birth, and they dared to think for themselves.
Eustace to decide whether he will open the inclosure--or whether he will leave it, with the seal unbroken, as an heirloom to his children, to be made public or not, at their discretion, when they are of an age to think for themselves.
He was one who did much in his day to free men's minds, one who helped men to think for themselves.
On the other hand, in Cornwall, and some other parts of England, where the system of selling part of the vein is followed, the miners, from being obliged to act and think for themselves, are a singularly intelligent and well-conducted set of men.
OVER the last two decades we have in this country built up a generation who are unable to think for themselves or take responsibility for their actions.
He said the banking situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon and businesses must think for themselves.
They Thought for Themselves" is made up of testimonies and stories of ten very diverse Jewish individuals, who like Sid Roth dared to question the forbidden, think for themselves and find their God ordained destiny.
But that is unlikely to be the case with the new Mini Cooper, which boasts "intelligent" wheels which can think for themselves and remember road conditions, acceleration from 0-60mph in 4.
but that] the SEC should be requiring and enabling the management of issuers to think for themselves.
Sometimes they feel like they check their ability to think for themselves at the door when they check in," Guenther said.
I believe that the church seems to be slowly coming to the realization that its members can think for themselves, guided by conscience and the Holy Spirit.
It would encourage students to compare data and conclusions drawn from those data, to apply logic to their consideration of data, to think for themselves and to formulate their thinking into words that could effectively communicate with others.
I've always encouraged students to think for themselves.