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How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition

How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition | Intuition |

"Every year, intellectual impresario and Edge editor John Brockman summons some of our era’s greatest thinkers and unleashes them on one provocative question, whether it’s the single most elegant theory of how the world works orthe best way to enhance our cognitive toolkit. This year, he sets out on the most ambitious quest yet, a meta-exploration of thought itself:Thinking: The New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction (public library) collects short essays and lecture adaptations from such celebrated and wide-ranging (though not in gender) minds as Daniel Dennett, Jonathan Haidt, Dan Gilbert, and Timothy Wilson, covering subjects as diverse as morality, essentialism, and the adolescent brain.

One of the most provocative contributions comes from Nobel-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman — author of the indispensable Thinking, Fast and Slow, one of the best psychology books of 2012 — who examines “the marvels and the flaws of intuitive thinking.”

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How to Awaken Your Intuition

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The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know why or how.
~Albert Einstein

We’ve all heard it so many times – ‘Just listen to your inner voice’, or ‘Just follow your intuition’, haven’t we? But in a world, where rational thinking is considered to be the ‘normal’ thing to do, the process of learning how to follow your intuition may be a confusing and even painful one. With so many decisions to make on a daily basis, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and feel stuck when in need of inspiration. So, here is a ‘rational’ step by step process that is going to help you cultivate your intuition and start using it on a daily basis. Contained within your inner guidance are all the answers, and here is a guide on how to find them......

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The rational case for using your intuition in leadership | The National

The rational case for using your intuition in leadership | The National | Intuition |

AI was recently asked: “How much should a CEO rely on intuition?” My gut reaction was it depends on how good his intuition is. This is a very important question facing you as a leader, knowing when to trust your gut and when not to can make the difference between being right or wrong. A quick review of the research says the jury is still out on whether leaders should rely on their intuition. And I guess my own jury is still out, as there are advantages and disadvantages to intuitive leadership. It is tempting to argue that leaders should never trust their gut, thereby implying they should make decisions based solely on objective, logical analysis. Quantitative scientists say leaders use intuition because of their cognitive limitations and that this results in less than desirable outcomes. This thinking holds that intuition is a strategy of last resort and should be employed only when you cannot use a theoretical basis or rational thinking. And yet we can’t get away from the influence of our gut instincts. As rational as one wants to believe that he is, the gut can still guide the brain, bringing intuition into play for all.......

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:43 PM

I disagree with many aspects stated in this paper:

1) Let's start with a proper definition of intuition, namely "direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process."

2) The "reasoned intuition", or "experts' intuition", which is by definition NOT intuition, is based on experience, that is a lot experience in the same, stable context. It is recognition, not intuition.

3) It is enough demonstrated that there is no such thing like "objective, logical analysis" on its own, for emotions do always, consciously or not, play with.

4) In a new, unknown, uncertain, unpredictable decision context, the "reasoned intuition" is, by lack of experience, of no help, misleading and even dangerous.

5) There is no such thing like "wrong intuition" according to point 1. A "wrong intuition" is either a situation as under point 4), or a reasoning polluted by wishes and fears.


Please, to argue on intuition, use first at all the proper definition and take in account the latest scientifical studies in neurosciences and consciousness. I really get problems with materialistic views that still spread beliefs and wrong information about human decision making.

Thomas Menk's comment, September 26, 2013 4:29 AM
.. danke Philippe für deinen Kommentar, den ich in einigen Punkten unterschreibe. Generell tue ich mich schwer, wenn man Intuition nur auf Erfahrungswissen, wie auch immer man dieses dann definiert, begrenzt. Intuition ist weit mehr als das. Trotzdem fand ich den Kontext dieses Artikels interessant, dass ein Berater für Islamic Leadership in einer Zeitschrift aus Abu Dhabi einen solchen Artikel für die Leser für wichtig hält. Ich persönlich habe keinerlei Erfahrungen über Führungs- und Entscheidungskultur in Middle East, finde es trotzdem toll, das Intuition, auch wenn der Autor hier keinen wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund vermuten lässt, in diesen Ländern als Thema diskutiert wird.
Philippe Vallat's comment, September 26, 2013 4:49 AM
Danke Thomas. Der Kontext ist spannend und ich habe kaum mehr Erfahrung als du. Immerhin hätte ich schon eine andere Qualität anstatt einer Durchmischung "intuition - gut feelings - instinct" erwartet.
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Intuitive intelligence in leadership

Intuitive intelligence in leadership | Intuition |

Can you think of an occasion where you’ve had a gut feeling that something wasn’t right about a significant business issue but didn’t listen to your intuition and later regretted it? Do you often doubt your intuition in favour of hard evidence to support your business decision? If so, you may be underutilising one of the most powerful leadership tools: your intuitive intelligence. We use our instinct and intuition in many facets of our lives. It may be one thing to do so in your personal life – but perhaps quite another to use it at work? Many people may feel that intuition has little or no place in business, that decisions should be based on empirical evidence rather than on trusting your gut feeling. But there is increasing evidence that intuition is more than merely a feeling. Many scientists now believe that it is, in fact, the result of our brains piecing together information and experiences to come to different, and less obvious solutions and conclusions. Publications, such as ‘Intelligent Memory: Improve the Memory That Makes You Smarter’, by neuroscientist Barry Gordon, show that decision-making and intuition are inextricably linked.....

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Cultivating Intuition | Jack Canfield

Cultivating Intuition | Jack Canfield | Intuition |
Deepen Your Intuition

Although intuition is something everyone has, you must cultivate it to receive the maximum benefit. Here are five tips to help you access and use your intuition to greater effect.

Use meditation to deepen your intuition. Regular meditation will help you clear your mind of distractions, as well as teach you how to better recognize the subtle impulses from within. As you become more attuned to your inner world, you’ll be able to more quickly and easily pick out the sound of your higher self or higher power speaking to you through words, images and sensations.

Make time to listen. Life is busy, and in the rush to achieve our tasks and goals, it’s easy to forget to stop and tune into our higher wisdom. Devote time every day – and even multiple times each day – to consciously giving your intuition center stage.

Ask questions. Don’t be passive when communicating with your intuition. Step up and ask for answers to the questions you are struggling with.

Write down your answers. Intuitive impressions are subtle and can “evaporate” quickly. Neuroscience research indicates that intuitive insights not captured within 37 seconds will likely never be recalled again. Many people find journal writing to be a highly effective way to access their intuition. Try it – you’ll be amazed at the clarity of what comes through.

Take immediate action. When you act on the information you receive, you’ll find that you get more and more intuitive impulses. After a while, you’ll be living in flow. Intuition works best when we trust it. The more you demonstrate faith in your intuition, the more you will reap the rewards. Whether you want to make more money, make better decisions, solve problems more quickly, or create winning plans, tuning into your intuition will help you achieve your goals. Trusting your intuition is trusting yourself. The more you trust yourself, the more success you will have.

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Intuition or analysis? How do CEO’s make decisions when faced with uncertainty?

Intuition or analysis? How do CEO’s make decisions when faced with uncertainty? | Intuition |

Do your feelings inform your decisions, or do you rely on analysis? Or perhaps a mix of the two? We hear often these days how the future is uncertain. Both private and public sector organisations have to deal with increasing levels of uncertainty as they plan their future direction. What I can tell you is that every CEO I have had the privilege to coach over the last few years has used intuition rather than analysis to make key business decisions....

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The Difference Between Your Intuition and Wishful Thinking

The Difference Between Your Intuition and Wishful Thinking | Intuition |


One of the main things that people learning to rekindle their relationship with their intuition struggle with is differentiating between what is a genuine intuitional message and what is simply wishful thinking or the ego in disguise.  While the entire article below is dedicated to thoroughly answering that question, I will offer a couple of pieces of advice based on my own experience.  For me, intuitional messages always have an intensely physical/emotional component, where as wishful thinking/ego is generally confined to the mind/intellect.  When I am receiving guidance from my intuition, I feel it — if the intuitional message is a warning, I get a sinking feeling along with a sudden mental flash and if it is a clarifying intuitive message, it tends to produce elation and inspiration in whatever direction is needed (in addition to the sudden flash of thought).  That brings up another point — my intuitional urgings always come as flashes of insight and this definitely differentiates them from the normal, more ‘logical’ thought processes I may otherwise be engaged in.....


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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, August 8, 2013 8:16 AM

So to know the difference between intuition and wishful thinking, pay attention to how you feel and what you’re (trying) to do with the information.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 8, 2013 2:50 PM

Yesss... the problem is spotted... one of the main-main problems... you should but you should be careful... now, OK, but which when... so, good thinking about it further on...:-)))

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Decisions: Roles of Intuition and Cognition

Decisions: Roles of Intuition and Cognition | Intuition |

In terms of the decision-making process, intuition occurs before cognition. The important practical implication of this process is this: if we don’t grasp the underlying emotions and how intuition is driving a decision or action, then we really don’t understand it. Thus, behind every single decision or action, there will be an emotion or a collection of emotions driving it. An excellent illustrator of the connection between intuition and cognition is radar. Let the appearance of something on radar represent intuition and the actual sighting of it be cognition. The key implication of this metaphor is that intuition comes before cognition in our entire decision-making process. The movement of something from radar to an actual sighting represents the movement of feelings into thoughts and finally into decisions and actions. The diagram to the right expresses this relationship. Moving from left to right, intuition processes our emotions which are typically a collection of feelings. Our emotions create our desires, wants and needs. Through these intuition gives our cognition direction. This direction allows cognition to create thoughts. Using techniques such as reason and logic, through cognition a collection of thoughts coalesce into a rationale. These rationales form the expressible, concrete foundation of our decisions and actions. In short, this decision-making process transforms our vague, generalized emotions into concrete decisions and actions. An excellent metaphor is the igniting of gasoline. Without the concrete form of an engine and car, this event is a potentially harmful explosion. With that form, the event becomes a transformative tool in our lives. Similarly, without the techniques and tools to express ourselves, our emotions lack a practicality that will allow us to enhance our lives. In some cases, they might even harm ourselves and others....


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Wie trifft man gute Entscheidungen? Ratio versus Intuition …

Wie trifft man gute Entscheidungen? Ratio versus Intuition … | Intuition |

Das Thema Intuition hatte wir schon einige Male anklingen lassen. Ich habe mir gerade den Vortrag Wie trifft man gute Entscheidungen? des Direktors des Max-Planck-Instituts für Bildungsforschung, Prof. Gigerenzer, gehalten auf den Petersberger Gesprächen 2012, angehört, und auch er empfiehlt uns, neben der Logik auch die Intuition zu nutzen. Besonders wenn die Entscheidung auf einem komplexen, unsicheren Hintergrund erfolgen soll. Die Botschaft der Verfechter des rationalen Entscheidens lautet: Zuerst wägen, dann wagen. Zuerst analysieren, dann agieren.

Was ist Intuition? Nach Gigerenzer ist das gefühlte Wissen, was sehr schnell im Bewusstsein ist, aber die Gründe dafür sind nicht bewusst: SIE SIND NICHT IN SPRACHE! Dieser Teil des Wissens ist der bei Weitem größte. Wer also nicht auf seine Intuition hört, nutzt den größten Teil seines Gehirns nicht. Intuition sei kein sechster Sinn und auch keine göttliche Eingebung. Intuition funktioniert auf viel Erfahrung, sich auf das Wesentliche zu konzentrieren und den Rest zu ignorieren.


Siehe dagegen die heutige ökonomische Theorie des erwarteten Nutzenmaximierens: liste die Möglichkeiten mit ihren Pros und Kons, dann gewichte und berechne. Auf die Frage, wer seinen Ehepartner so ausgewählt hätte, kam ein Handzeichen. Klick? Unsere Gesellschaft tolleriere keine Bauchentscheidungen. Dennoch würden insgeheim die Manager zu 50% oder gar mehr intuitiv entscheiden, so eine Analyse in einem deutschen Daxunternehmen. So wird häufig nach der insgeheim getroffen Entscheidung noch ein rechtfertigendes Gutachten teuer eingekauft, das dann die rationalen Gründe noch nachliefert. Typisch sind hier Firmenkulturen mit Nullfehlertolleranz, so dass jeder Manager lieber seinen Arsch rettet als zum Nutzen der Firma zu handeln, indem er nicht oder eben defensiv entscheidet. So würden 30-40% eher weniger zuträgliche Entscheidungen getroffen. Besonders schlimm ist es offensichtlich in der Ärzteschaft der USA. Dort würde aus Eigenschutz zu 93% gegen den Patentien entschieden. Wir misstrauen der Intuition Anderer, aber trauen den Formeln von Experten blind. Er zeigt dies am Beispiel der kaum treffenden Vorhersagen der Entwicklung des Euros seitens der Top-Banken in den letzten Jahren (wir erinnern uns auch ungerne an die Voraussagen unserer Wirtschaftsweisen, wo auch viel Geld für “Mist” in den Himmel ging. So mancher Hungernde hätte sich über das Geld gefreut.

Komplexität mit viel Unsicherheit müsse mit Einfachheit begegnet werden, so Gigerenzers Empfehlung.


Sein Fazit:

Intuition beruht auf schnellen, heuristischen Prozessen, die oft zu bessern Entscheidungen in einer unsicheren Welt führen als die kompliziertesten, statistischen Verfahren. Mehr Zeit, mehr Information und mehr Berechnung ist nicht immer besser. Weniger kann mehr sein.


In seinem Vortrag geht er noch auf einige Untersuchungen ein, wann die Intuition besser greift, u. a. geht er auch auf den Unterschied von Golf-Experten und -Anfänger ein, wenn für den Abschlag nur 3 Sekunden Zeit gegeben werden. Und auch Jens Lehmanns berühmter Zettel beim Elfmeterschießen gegen Argentinien kommt zur Sprache.....

Philippe Vallat's comment, April 22, 2013 11:27 AM
Leider ist die Definition von Herrn Gigerenzer falsch. Laut Duden: "das unmittelbare, nicht diskursive, nicht auf Reflexion beruhende Erkennen, Erfassen eines Sachverhalts oder eines komplizierten Vorgangs". Wenn es heuristische Prozessen sind, ist es Reflexion, d.h. keine Intuition...
Pascale Mousset's comment, April 22, 2013 1:32 PM
Dommage que ce soit en Allemand ! Ca me semble hyper interessant d' après quelques notions rescapées de ma scolarité. Ce theme m 'interesse beaucoup si vs le trouvez en Fr ou En ...that will be Great !
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7 Tips To Hone Your Intuition

7 Tips To Hone Your Intuition | Intuition |

The intuitive language is an internal one that defies cognitive reasoning. It's also silent, sudden and self-confident. Your instincts just know. When you ignore them, however, they can become increasingly louder. They're like toes being stepped on. They don't like it and they make you scream out in agony. Still, we tend to promote self-doubt and push them away; trust isn't immediate. Intuition may be felt as a whisper or like a bolt of lightning, but we all have the capacity to hear it.  Sometimes following a hunch can save your life. One student I know paid attention to her hunch about her car and found out she had brake problems; her instinct prevented an accident. Another student told me it helped him earn a fortune by selling his stocks at the right time. When we listen to our inner GPS on our yoga mat, we cultivate healthy self-respect and choose a safe and opening practice. Whether you call it a "hunch," a "gut" feeling or any other term, our intuition speaks to us and gives us insight and wisdom for making any number of decisions. When you can hear this inner voice and respond to it, you'll lead a more authentic life. Learning to listen to our intuition is an art and a skill, and you can practice it until you get it right. Here are seven tips to hone these important intuitive skills:


1. Set aside time for silentsitting; it cultivates a space for listening.

 2. Get comfortable with solitude; it helps you rely on your self. 3. Listen to your body more; learn to decode its sensations and signals. 4. Be honest; build integrity and authenticity in your word and deed.
5. Test your instincts out on simple things; try it next time your phone rings.
6. When you're right, say to yourself, "Thank you for listening." It builds trust and confidence.
7. Know yourself; quiet the inner critic and trust in your own voice and advice.

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How to Connect With Your Intuition

How to Connect With Your Intuition | Intuition |

Intuition is your ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. Most people get far too caught up in their thoughts to recognize their intuitive hits --and that's a real shame. Your intuition is a sense of knowing, without any logic to "back it up." It's that feeling that something's right or wrong, fitting or unfitting, safe or unsafe. When you're disconnected from your intuition, it can be nearly impossible to know what you should do in important situations. Should you move in with the guy you've been seeing? Should you take that job offer? Should you go to that event that's thousands of miles and a hefty plane ticket away? How can you answer fully and completely from your heart and soul when you're too busy weighing the pros and cons or thinking about the how-tos and what-ifs?

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What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes

What's Better for Business: Logic or Emotion? Answers From Neuroscience - Forbes | Intuition |

Humans are animals.  While we like to think we’re captains of our destiny, we’re far more driven by instinct than we know.  In many ways, we’re just glorified apes, even in business.


For over a century, the overriding philosophy in business has been that rational decision-making is better business. Irrational decisions, on the other hand, were to be avoided.  We’ve probably all seen bad executive decisions made based on miscalculated fears, misperceived threats, or misdirected loyalties.

Today, science is teaching us that the bifurcation between logic and emotion is not so clear cut.  There is business value lurking in what appears to be irrational.  Think of the intense devotion of startup teams in Silicon Valley.  Think of the culture that surrounds iconic companies like Harley-Davidson.  Think of the passion of Apple fans camping out overnight to be first in line to buy a new product. Given what science is revealing about the human brain, what are the implications for business?  Janet Crawford is one of the world’s pioneers in applying neuroscience to business.  Her firm, Cascadance, leverages biological design to improve individual and team performance.  I’ve had the honor of working with her in creating Rainforest Architects, a workshop to train leaders on how to spark their innovation ecosystem by applying techniques from Silicon Valley. Below is part 1 of an extended conversation with Janet.  Over the course of this discussion, we dig into human nature, explore how biology affects innovation, and give you practical tips to increase the innovation in your ecosystem....

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Laura Goodrich's comment, April 3, 2013 6:27 PM
Yes, a blend of both is powerful Tom Wojick
Cris Popp's curator insight, April 4, 2013 6:26 PM

I think you do better in life, and at work, if you accept that better than 85% of our behaviours are driven by unconscious drivers.  You just have to look at politics to see that often, decisions are made first, and justified afterwards.  This is fine when you're making a decision just for yourself – but if you're making decisions that affect others, they need to be made from a more rational basis.
This is especially the case, when through technology, a leader can have a much longer lever of control and reach over others.  That reach ranges from beiong as small as authority over someone elses job adn job happiness, all the way to the leaders of North Korea and the nuclear threat they wield over millions of people.
This is why, leaders especially, need to be aware of their own motives, and drivers, and to be humble about their perspective.  Their decsions may be perfectly rational - they need to accept they may not.  When I judge leaders, this capacity is one of the most important factors that I use.

Cris Popp's comment, August 29, 2013 6:48 PM
I agree Tom, it's about how to use both, And how to use each to develop the other. For example , testing your gut feel to see how accurate it is.
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3 Simple Exercises To Develop Your Intuition (Video)

3 Simple Exercises To Develop Your Intuition (Video) | Intuition |

Fact: You already know what you have to do. Question: Do you have the courage to trust your inner guidance? Here are a few exercises and questions to help you tap into your inner wisdom and develop your intuition!

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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 22, 2013 9:59 AM
3 exercices simples pour développer votre intuition (Vidéo)

"Fait: Vous savez déjà ce que vous avez à faire.Question: Avez-vous le courage de faire confiance à votre guide intérieur? Voici quelques exercices et des questions pour vous aider à puiser dans votre sagesse intérieure et développer votre intuition!"

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The Value of Intuition

The Value of Intuition | Intuition |

Anyone with any kind of spiritual sensibility cannot fail to be aware that a profound change is underway, very, very slowly, in the attitude [re:spirituality and intuition] that an increasing number of people have to one another and to our earthly environment. We have to look back to the 1960s and 1970s for the start of the cultural revolution. Before this, the world was recovering from the second of two world wars in half a century; few people expressed any interest in the welfare of the environment or knew anything much about the mystical faiths of the east. This change in attitude has formed part of the general acknowledgement that the spiritual domain is of profound importance in our everyday lives.

Two minds: the conscious mind and the unconscious mind

We’ve all used – and heard others use – the expression of being ‘in two minds’. As with many other long-established sayings, there is much wisdom in this phrase. For several centuries now, science has held that the mind is simply the name we give to the workings of the brain. However, over the past century, scientists have come to realize that this is only part of the truth. It is true that the brain interprets the input of our five senses – an operation that we can still regard as a function of the rational or conscious mind. But, as Sigmund Freud realized, humankind also possesses an unconscious mind that holds the data we accumulate about the world until we need to use it and also gives expression to our emotions.......

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How to Know When to Trust Your Gut

How to Know When to Trust Your Gut | Intuition |

Entrepreneurs live a life of constant decision making. Is that new person you just met a good fit with the company? Should you enter into a cooperative relationship with another firm? Is the financing deal in the works likely to be completed? These judgments are complex -- they involve a large number of intersecting factors and those factors change over time. Psychologists' research suggests that there are two modes of thought people use to make complex choices. The first involves looking carefully at the features of a set of options and making decisions in a reasoned manner. The other way is more intuitive and involves responding to the feelings that come up during the process of making choices, or following your gut. Often, we feel guilty about choosing from the gut, because we feel like our choices ought to be based on facts. It is valuable to know when you should go with your gut and when you should avoid it, follow these steps to reach better decisions......

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Harnessing Your Intuition - How to Hear That 'Inner Still Small Voice'

Harnessing Your Intuition - How to Hear That 'Inner Still Small Voice' | Intuition |

In order to access our inner wisdom or intuition, it is important to understand that we all have inner senses or intuitive capabilities. However, we may each experience our intuition in different ways. Some will tend to use clairsentience (“clear feeling”) where they will just “know ” the answer or feel it in their “gut” or in their “heart”. Others will use clairvoyance (“clear vision”) where they will receive an intuitive message through a vision, symbol or an image in their mind. And yet others may experience their inner sense as clairaudience (“clear hearing”) where they hear the answer as if by telepathy (this is not an hallucination). With practice a person can easily develop access to all 3 types of inner senses – it is much the same as building up a muscle at the gym. The more you use it, the more powerful and easily it flows. Going within through one of various forms or meditation, a quiet prayerful state, or sitting quietly in nature is the best means to cultivate your inner space to access your inner ‘still small voice’. We also can gain immediate access to our intuition in a busy, wakeful state whenever we are in our heart with great compassion or concern for a friend or a loved one. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to receive intuitive information when you are getting it for someone else?! It is easier to get into our heart or to have compassion for someone else than it is to do so for our selves. What keeps us from getting into our heart for our self to receive intuitive messages? We are limited in our ability to connect whenever we experience a sense of unworthiness (feeling unloved, guilty, ashamed), abandonment, anger or resentment, heartache, inadequacy or powerlessness, fear of the unknown, stress, or when we lose sight of who we really are. Once we remove these barriers (we give guided meditations as well as rapid tools and techniques to assist in our books Shift: 12 Keys to Shift Your Life and Shift: A Woman’s Guide to Transformation), it is important to establish new habits of heartfelt connectedness so that you can rapidly tap into the Universal Wisdom that lies within each of us......

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Your Intuition Is Your Answer

Your Intuition Is Your Answer | Intuition |

"When you know, you know."

I never understood this quote, until I understood it.

Nine years ago, I stood in the doorway of the house in which I currently live, and declared, "I'm home," without ever stepping foot inside.

One month later, I moved in.


Two and a half years ago, I visited my friend at her studio for a massage. Afterwards, she asked if I wanted to see the only available space on the property (which had just been listed for rent). I didn't know why I wanted to see it, until I knew.


I paused in the doorway, groggy from body work and stated, "This is my yoga studio." A week later, I signed a lease.


I know when I have arrived home. We all do. There is a clear difference between impulse and intuition. Impulsive action leads to a stampede of second guessing, the feeling of being out in the cold, confused and indecisive. The aftershocks of impulse may take a while to appear, but they always do. Intuitive action leads us home, without a doubt in our minds, we are safe-inside of ourselves....

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Using and developing intuition in the decision-making process

Using and developing intuition in the decision-making process | Intuition |

How can one use intuition in decision-making?

The short answer is as a tool. I am not suggesting that anyone use only intuition for making a decision. I do believe, though, our gut instincts can lead us to further investigation of options. My parents are great at this. A while ago, they were in the process of buying a house. Both my mother and father had a gut feeling about a leak in the basement. They were assured it would be fixed and it was a very simple problem. Even though their realtor later said the leak was fixed, because of their gut feeling, they made sure they checked the leak again before they closed. The leak was not corrected. The sellers said they would fix the leak after the closing. My parents then immediately backed out because of a second gut feeling that the leak was a bigger issue, the sellers would not fix it and they would be stuck with a huge bill. Thank God they did. A couple of days after my parents turned down the house, workmen were in the front yard with backhoe, tearing up the yard. My parents were finally told that the owners had to gut the entire bathroom, start from scratch and build a new one. How did the decision-making process work for my parents? After the initial emotional response of loving the house and putting money down on it, they got a gut feeling about the leak. They then looked at all the evidence, such as the leak not being fixed, the possible issues that might be involved in the leak and made a logical decision. In this case, the gut feeling prompted them to be on the lookout for evidence, a leak that was not fixed, that the logical mind might use.....

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Why Big Data will never beat business intuition

Why Big Data will never beat business intuition | Intuition |

It might well offer many benefits to companies, but don’t worship it as the new business religion.


Big Data is big business. Sensors, GPS tracking, math modeling, and artificial intelligence offer companies real-time market insights at massive scale and open the door to unprecedented ways of monitoring, targeting, and measuring employees and customers. Analyst firm Gartnerpredicts that enterprises adopting Big Data technologies will "outperform competitors by 20 percent in every available financial metric." Big Data might well be "the new oil," but I would caution us not to worship it as the new religion. Amidst all the data frenzy, we are not only losing a more holistic view of business but also a part of our humanity. How much space do we leave for creativity if we equate better living with better algorithms? I am not a dataphobe, but I am concerned about relying only on data. I am not against quantitative metrics, but I question their authority as the main indicators of business performance, prosperous societies, and meaningful lives. Big Data comes with many benefits, but let's complement it with Big Intuition.....

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Beim Lernen unter Stress setzt das Gehirn eher auf unbewusste Strategie.

Beim Lernen unter Stress setzt das Gehirn eher auf unbewusste Strategie. | Intuition |

Müssen wir unter Stress neue Informationen aufnehmen, schaltet unser Gehirn vermehrt unbewusste Lernmechanismen ein. Neurowissenschaftler aus Bochum fanden jetzt heraus: In belastenden Situationen aktivieren Stresshormone spezielle Schalter für unbewusstes Lernen. Die Wissenschaftler um Lars Schwabe blockierten im Gehirn von 40 Probanden medikamentös die Rezeptoren bestimmter Stresshormone, der Mineralocorticoide. Weitere 40 Teilnehmer erhielten ein Placebo. Jeder Zweite musste seine Hand in Eiswasser halten – was binnen Kurzem einen stechenden Schmerz verursacht. Derart gestresst absolvierten die Probanden eine Lernaufgabe, den so genannten Wettervorhersage-Test: Aus Spielkarten mit verschiedenen Symbolen galt es sich zu merken, welche Kartenkombination Regen und welche Sonnenschein ankündigen. Wie die anschließende Befragung ergab, hatten die zuvor gestressten Probanden aus der Placebogruppe meist aus dem Bauch heraus versucht, das Wetter vorherzusagen. Dagegen lernten gestresste Teilnehmer mit blockierten Mineralocorticoid-Rezeptoren eher wie ihre unbelasteten Mitstreiter, in dem sie bewusst eine Regel formulierten. Dabei schnitten sie von allen Probanden am schlechtesten ab.......

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Intuition is Intelligence for Your Life

Intuition is Intelligence for Your Life | Intuition |

Intuition is so simple yet we continually complicate it.

Intuition is that little  voice you hear when you are getting ready to go out that says, “Take the umbrella.” And, it’s the internal pull you feel toward befriending one single solitary person when in a room full of people. It is also the sickening sense you get when you know you’ve been betrayed even before the facts come out.

Intuition is a form of intelligence.

And just what is intelligence? Intelligence is the ability to understand and use information to navigate your life. Intuition tells us it’s going to rain before we listen to the weather, that someone across the room is going to become your new best friend or future mate or that someone has lied and betrayed you. This is useful information for your life. And that’s just what your intuition is there for, to give you useful information about your life.

So, why do we complicate intuition?

We mix up intuition with psychism, and mediumistic phenomena and speak about it all in the same breath when in reality the three are very different. Psychism goes beyond the self to gather information about others. Mediumiship is communication with discarnate beings. While not everyone is a psychic or a medium, everyone is intuitive. Our non-stop busy world is full of distractions that make it easy to overlook these subtle pieces of information. Intuition flashes through the mind so quickly that if we don’t train ourselves to listen or become aware of our bodily reactions we quickly forget them and move on to the next thing. If you listen to your internal voice, become aware of your gut reactions (that pull toward or feeling of aversion) which is how your body communicates you will be equipped with more information with which to make better decisions and choices in your life; even if it is simply that you don’t get caught in a downpour because you left your umbrella at home.....


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Intuition as the Basis for Creativity

Intuition as the Basis for Creativity | Intuition |

Recently, a parent who is also a teacher, asked me on behalf of a friend to offer some advice on how to ensure that her child will grow up to exemplify a sense of higher conscientiousness. In moments like these, past recollections come to mind of parents having inquired about methods, ideas or techniques that might assist them in raising their children’s aptitudes for one particular trait or another, which they believe to be of the utmost importance. Sought after advice comes in various contexts and requests, such as “I just want my child to be ~ smart and successful” or, “just be able to use good judgment in all matters”, or “have good manners and social behavior” or, “be happy and know the value of hard work”, “live his passion”, “be a good critical thinker”, “get along with everyone”, “contribute something to the world”, “use free will responsibly”, “make good decisions”, “have common sense”, etc.

I often respond by asking, “well what about creativity, or intuition”? The response for this question is “what about them?” – followed by a reiteration regarding their original request. Some folks reply with, “yeah, those are ‘okay’, but what really concerns me are success and responsibility (or, happiness and making smart decisions, etc.).”

Again, I probe and press on saying, “just out of curiosity, what would be your definition of creativity, and intuition”? It is here that I get quaint and vague answers, which are justifiable since they feel the traits of intuition and creativity have lesser values. Then I ask their definition of their original request, whatever their top-of-the-list, or very sought after quality is, such as conscientiousness.

In practically every case, the definitions for these “more important qualities” are as indistinct and ambiguous as their definitions for the “unimportant” qualities of creativity and intuition. At this point I realize that offering distinct direction for an indistinct definition is going to be somewhat of a challenge, because, unless we agree on a same or similar definition, we may as well be having two different conversations where never the twain shall meet. This in itself is the definition of a sad truth, where people use same words with different meanings, each believing their meaning to be the truer one.....

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The Top 11 Reasons You Ignore Your Intuition

The Top 11 Reasons You Ignore Your Intuition | Intuition |
Here are the top reasons you ignore your intuition:

1. Doubt. You play down the importance of this “voice.”

Antidote: You need to develop trust in your intuition. The only way to do this is to listen to these whispers and act upon them. The more you do and find they are “right” the more trust you’ll gain in your inner voice.

2. Lack of intention. Listening to your intuition is not a priority in your life.

Antidote: You’ve got to create an intention to develop your intuition. After all if you don’t make it a priority to listen this voice, who will? Recognize the importance of these messages from your intuitive wisdom and become conscious of them.

3. Monkey mind. You lack focus and clarity in your thinking.

Antidote: You have not set aside time each day to meditate and clear your mind. Develop the habit of sitting in silence and listening for 20 minutes a day. Your thoughts will slow and your intuition will come through more loudly and clearly.

4. Insecurity. You listen to others (external voices) rather than yourself.

Antidote: You must develop your self-confidence and self-reliance. Pay attention to how you feel when you override your own instincts to listen to what others say you should do. Feeling “twisted” up inside like maybe it’s “wrong” is a signal that you’ve ignored your inner wisdom.

5. Multi-tasking. You are always in a hurry and doing too many things at once.

Antidote: Stop it! When you rush and try to accomplish too much at once you will not hear this subtle voice. Focus on one thing at a time. Take breaks where you walk away and give yourself a breather so your intuition can come through.

6. Distraction. You are never alone or have your cell phone, radio or television on at all times.

Antidote: If you cannot be alone with your self and need to have constant company, conversation or “noise” you will block your intuition from coming through. Turn everything off and spend at least an hour a day being “mindful” while you accomplish a simple task such as washing the dishes.

7. Self-medicating. You drink, do drugs or use food to shut out your inner voice.

Antidote: Using any substance to deal with your fears or quiet the critical internal voice will also block your intuition. Try journaling to get in touch with these inner stressors instead. When you write about your feelings you become conscious of what is driving you to self-medicate.

8. Toxic relationships. You live with or are involved with controlling or negative people.

Antidote: Find a way to cut off from or lessen the time you spend around toxic people. If you can’t get away make it a habit to have “alone” time. Toxic people poison your thoughts and undermine your confidence and self-esteem which muffles your intuition.

9. Control. You are a controlling personality who is attached to things turning out exactly as you think they should.

Antidote: Having to be “in control” all the time comes from having many fears. You fear what may happen if you don’t “control” the outcome. This is a no win way to live though. You cannot control everyone or everything. Learn to let go and allow the answers to bubble up naturally.

10. Negativity. You have a habit of thinking negatively.

Antidote: Look for the positive in everything. Stop looking for what can go wrong. Change your attitude and look for what can go right instead. You created the habit of thinking negatively and you can break that habit too – if you want to. Negative thinking overrides your intuition. You’ll hear it but you won’t believe it!

11. People pleasing. You put yourself last all the time.

Antidote: Stop putting the needs of others ahead of yourself all the time. Yes, we should help others and be selfless at times but, not at the expense of ignoring our own needs. People pleasing is a habit that absolutely shuts down your intuition.

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How to Make Things Less Complicated by Using Our Instincts and Intuition

How to Make Things Less Complicated by Using Our Instincts and Intuition | Intuition |

I don't really like using instructional manuals when I have to put something together, especially the ones that look like mini-encyclopedias. I prefer using my instincts and intuition to figure it out, which is said to be our "knowing pointing the way." We're born with both intuition and instincts. The difference between the two, supposedly, is that intuition is something we gain through experience, and instinct isn't based on having any prior experience; however, they are words often used interchangeably, and both skills can be extremely helpful in our lives. Following directions from a manual can be useful, even necessary at times, especially when something has a lot of steps, but sometimes it seems that the instructions can almost make things more complicated. One time I was putting together a clothing rack and was following the directions, and when it came time to put in the screws, there weren't any. I checked the list of the contents and it said that eight screws were included, but after searching each individual bag of contents a few times, I was absolutely certain there were none, and was prepared to go back to the store and get another clothing rack and start over. I finally found a little piece of paper at the bottom of the box that said the screws were already screwed in to the bar and you can "omit step five in the instructions." Good to know. It made me wonder how many people put together the contents, and if the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing, which it seemed like in that particular instance, you end up with a little piece of paper at the bottom of a box telling you what you need to know, if you' re lucky! I think that's why I've gotten used to listening to my intuition a lot of the time when I'm figuring out how to work something because sometimes I feel that things are made more complicated than they need to be, and since I consider myself capable of figuring out most things, why not give it a try. If I happen to get stuck and need to use a manual, it's there to refer to -- plus, it can just be fun to challenge ourselves to figure it out on our own, like a Rubik's cube.

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Big data and decision making: data vs intuition

Big data and decision making: data vs intuition | Intuition |

There is certainly hype around ‘big data’, as there always has been and always will be about many important technologies or ideas – remember the hype around the Web? Just as annoying is the backlash anti big data hype, typically built around straw men – does anyone actually claim that big data is useful without analysis? One unfair characterization both sides indulge in involves the role of intuition, which is viewed either as the last lifeline for data-challenged and threatened managers, or as the way real men and women make the smart difficult decisions in the face of too many conflicting statistics.

Robert Carraway, a professor who teaches Quantitative Analysis at UVA’s Darden School of Business, has good news for both sides. In a post on big data and decision making in Forbes, “Meeting the Big Data challenge: Don’t be objective” he argues ”that the existence of Big Data and more rational, analytical tools and frameworks places more—not less—weight on the role of intuition.” Carraway first mentions Corporate Executive Board’s findings that of over 5000 managers 19% were “Visceral decision makers” relying “almost exclusively on intuition.” The rest were more or less evenly split between “Unquestioning empiricists” who rely entirely on analysis and “Informed skeptics … who find some way to balance intuition and analysis.” The assumption of the test and of Carraway was that Informed skeptics had the right approach. A different study, “Frames, Biases, and Rational Decision-Making in the Human Brain“, at the Institute of Neurology at University College London tested for correlations between the influence of ‘framing bias’ (what it sounds like – making different decisions for the same problem depending on how the problem was framed) and degree of rationality. The study measured which areas of the brain were active using an fMRI and found the activity of the the most rational (least influenced by framing) took place in the prefrontal cortex, where reasoning takes place; the least rational (most influenced by framing / intuition) had activity in the amygdala (home of emotions); and the activity of those in between (“somewhat susceptible to framing, but at times able to overcome it”) in the cingulate cortex, where conflicts are addressed.

It is this last correlation that is suggestive to Carraway, and what he maps to being an informed skeptic. In real life, we have to make decisions without all or enough data, and a predilection for relying on either data or intuition can easily lead us astray. Our decision making benefits by our brain seeing a conflict that calls for skeptical analysis between what the data says and what our intuition is telling us. In other words, intuition is a partner in the dance, and the implication is that it is always in the dance — always has a role.

Big data and all the associated analytical tools provide more ways to find bogus patterns that fit what we are looking for. This makes it easier to find false support for a preconception. So just looking at the facts – just being “objective” – just being “rational” – is less likely to be sufficient.

The way to improve the odds is to introduce conflict – call in the cingulate cortex cavalry. If you have a pre-concieved belief, acknowledge it and and try and refute, rather than support it, with the data.

“the choice of how to analyze Big Data should almost never start with “pick a tool, and use it”. It should invariably start with: pick a belief, and then challenge it. The choice of appropriate analytical tool (and data) should be driven by: what could change my mind?…”

Of course conflict isn’t only possible between intuition and data. It can also be created between different data patterns. Carraway has an earlier related post, “Big Data, Small Bets“, that looks at creating multiple small experiments for big data sets designed to minimize identifying patterns that are either random or not significant. Thanks to Professor Carraway for elevating the discussion. Read his full post.


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