How Do We Use Intuition? Facts You Didn’t Know

The sixth sense or an intuition lives inside every person and often helps to make many of the right decisions. Some people believe in intuition; some do not. For many, this feeling is well balanced, while others prefer to rely on reliable facts, not paying attention to what clues they get from the inside. This is everyone’s personal choice.

The term intuition comes from the Latin “intueri,” which means “to consider.” Another version is that it comes from the late middle English “intuit” that means “to contemplate.” Although the scientific definition of the word intuition is usually interpreted as the ability to use knowledge, not based on any conscious reasoning, many scientists have a lot of debate about it.

Intuition is a process that occurs under certain conditions, for example: focusing on a problem and “disconnecting” the mind from it, as well as avoiding stereotypes and prejudices, switching to other matters, taking care of one’s physical condition.

Many philosophers compare intuition with beliefs or with some kind of faith. For example, David Lewis writes,

“Our “intuitions” are simply opinions; our philosophical theories are the same. Some are commonsensical; some are sophisticated; some are particular, some general; some are more firmly held, some less. But they are all opinions….”

In general, there is no magic in intuition. For neurobiology, intuition is closely related to emotional memory. Our emotional memory is responsible for finding the answers to all kinds of questions. All our intuitive abilities are embedded in the right hemisphere of the brain. This is where all the senses send information. The right hemisphere is capable of evaluating a picture as a whole and instantly. It compares the external view with our archetypal image in the unconscious and sends a specific signal in the form of emotion, the reaction of the body, or a sudden thought. We perceive this signal as an internal voice.

What Types Of Intuition Exist?

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Intuition can be different. It can be short and long-term; emotional, physical, mental, or moral. There is strategic intuition, and there is an intuition of experience. There are intellectual and social intuitions in modern psychology, and so on. The most important aspects of intuition may be projected in personal characteristics and the nature of thinking.

What Is Moral Intuition?

Moral intuition is a moral judgment, generally about a specific issue or a particular action. But it may also concern a moral rule or principle that is not a result of inferential reasoning. It is not a conclusion of one’s other beliefs but arises on its own.

For example, when I imagine the act of shouting at the child, I judge immediately, though, in the circumstances, this would be wrong. You do not need to discuss the situation with someone; neither do you need to consult my other beliefs to arrive at this judgment.

A moral intuition does not always elicit instantaneously, as, for example, a sense perception. If a specific issue or action is involved, one may have to consider it at length to distinguish and assimilate its various relevant features. And you do not need to become a psychologist to understand it. However, if you do – check this article.

What Is Introverted Intuition?

Introverted intuition is the ability to focus on the subjective, internal world of the unconscious to find abstract and symbolic connections and relationships between the unconscious and the environment. It is when you can comprehend and get a sense of a specific pattern or plan. It is when you understand how things come together, either consciously or unconsciously. It’s also the ability to identify past events and understand what connection it may have with future events.

Introverted intuition occurs when the ability to put “puzzles” of information together, and come to exact conclusions, without realizing how it is happening.

5 signs of the understanding you have an introverted intuition:

1) You can hardly explain your thoughts and deeds.It is, for example, when in a particular situation, you act so, or you said something, and even tried to explain your point of view, but you could not find the right words to do this.

2) Make dreams come true. When you dream almost every day, and then you are trying to transmit your ideas into reality, doing everything possible for it

3) Independent and lonely. People with introverted intuition are very independent and like to alone with their thoughts.

4) You follow with your inspiration. All your deeds and choices depend on your motivation, and even though many people do not understand your decisions, you always comply with your inspiration.

5) You always need to know the truth. The question “why” frequently appears in everything you are facing with. You prefer to go deeper and to get honest answers on any issues.

Woman's Intuition: Does It Really Exist?

Everyone heard the phrase “women’s intuition,” but does it really exist, or is it just a myth? Is there any proved evidence of it?

There is a logical answer that is based on nonverbal communication skills research. It shows that women are better at reading facial expressions of emotions than men. As a result, women pay more attention to the subtle emotional messages being sent by others.

Women are also better at expressing emotions through facial expressions, tone of voice, and body, notably positive emotions. While men are always trying to control their feelings, and they are still trying to find a logical answer to any question, not relying on their inside feelings.

It is also proved that women are more empathic than men. They tend to be more “open” to others’ emotional messages, and it provides them with the unique ability to intuit what others are feeling or thinking. But it does not mean men have no intuition. This concept is relative. In some particular situations, the man’s intuition is much stronger than woman’s sixth sense.

How to Develop Intuition? Intuition Exercises

Why do we need to develop our intuition? Because it helps us in making decisions in which logic is powerless. To improve your intuition is not hard. 

First, you need to carefully “dig” in your memory to search for the necessary memories associated with specific tasks and their solutions. But just fixing the fact of these memories is not enough: you need to determine your own emotional and physical sensations that accompany this information. 

Then you need to practice “turning off” the brain and look for a state of insight. The more this condition will coincide with the one that you have defined as your initial intuitive experience, the more likely it is that you are on the right intuitive path. As exercises, you can try to guess the colors, suits of cards, and callers. Over time, the number of incorrect answers will decrease.

There are also several particular practices to develop physical intuition. For example, you need to sit in the most comfortable place and ask yourself obvious questions to trace your body’s reaction to the answers. 

First, these should be questions with a definite answer, a few times later with negative. In this case, you need to “record” any reactions to the response. Then you can identify a specified pattern between the answers to questions, and the “answers” of the body: warmth in the chest, tingling, twitching of the eyelid, and others.

The development of intuition should go along with an increase in the level of erudition, broadening one’s horizons, as well as an evident ability to formulate questions.

Simple Intuition Exercises

Thoughts writing.

1. Take a pen and sheet of paper. Or you can simply take a notebook (computer, phone, Notepad, etc.) and open Microsoft Word. 

2. Ask any question. 

3. Write the first thing that comes to your mind, without censoring yourself, a stream of consciousness style.

That is all! You will not see the result immediately, and at first, you might think it is a silly exercise. But keep practicing it, you will find that soon you will be getting essential messages for yourself. 

Traffic light.

1. Ask “yes/no” question (the closed question the answer on which can be only “yes” or “no”)

2. Imagine a traffic light in your mind’s eye.

3. The traffic light lights up. What color do you see? If you see red, it means – no, if yellow – maybe, if green – yes. 

You can ask any question you want. You should ask about something in the coming future or check the accuracy of immediately so you can verify your answer.

There are situations in our life where you can not entirely rely on your intuition. But you always have to listen to those signs you get from inside. And when the externally visible facts come up together with a good “sixth sense,” be sure, the result will be excellent. 

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