Saturday, June 30, 2007

Thinking Out Loud: What is Intuition?

One topic that has been on my mind lately is the topic of intuition. Just what is it? What does having it mean to the one with the intution? What does having it mean to others around you? Can you have it now, but not have it later? Is there such thing as good or bad intuition? Is it based on past and present experience, or is it judged on one event? Can you improve your intuition?

How is intuition related to things like psychic abilities, the sixth sense, premonition, insight, luck, and prediction? Is based on results that come from experience, and being able to assess (read) the situation and seeing the results after having performed the decided action as a whole?

Here's my currently answer so far. Intuition is something others can believe that you have. Once someone believes you have it, they will gain trust in your ability to make decisions on their behalf, even if they (the someone) doesn't fully understand the reasoning you made the decision with at the moment. The people that believe you have intuition believe that your intuition does come from experience along with the trust that they will be acting on the greater good if you leave it up to them. And also believes that there is an intangible factor at play, and that the person with intuition has some extra-ordinary power, whether it be an ability to predict the future, or accomplish near impossible feats. The person with the intuition also knows that the majority of his intuition come from past experiences. But a small part might be attributed to knowing he's holding the building blocks to a puzzle that he can solve, and acting on that belief without actually having put the pices together before the action.

In conclusion, intuition is the trust in one's abilities based on previous experiences. If you want to believe you have it, you will have to trust in your abilities to solve new problems having gained the building blocks from previous experiences to solve the problem at hand. If you want others to believe you have it, you need to demonstrate it, and the more times you do it, the stronger the belief you will establish. If you want to improve it, number one thing is experience. Experience and master the important building blocks to any problem you might need to face in the future. Demonstrate to yourself and others that you can solve new problems with the building blocks you have gained from your previous experiences.

1 comment:

  1. If you haven't already done so, check out Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (same author who wrote Tipping Point - another good read).