The phenomenon of directly perceiving a fact without any sort of traditional reasoning and logic being used is something that has existed since human civilization itself.
A mystery to science and society, intuition is just as fascinating as it is complex. Along with all the rational and logical evolution that the human brain has gone through, there lives a tiny part of our conscience that is unexplained yet fruitful. This mysterious insight is called Intuitive thinking.
Intuitive thinking is present in our thoughts and reasoning, along with all the logic and rationality, with or without us knowing. It affects our decision making in the sense that it sometimes even goes against our rationality and analysis. And to our amazement, more often than not, our intuitive thinking does strike gold and fetch results. The way it makes sense of our reality, somewhere between emotions and rationality, is what makes intuitive thinking such a mystery to behold.
What is Intuition?
By definition, intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without the need of conscious logic and reasoning. The very lack of reasoning being involved in its correct functionality makes the entire process very layered and deep. The subconscious brain attempts to recognize, process, and use patterns of thinking based on prior experience and a best guess.
Intuitive thinking and decision making is based on our past experiences and, therefore, is repeatedly successful in similar situations, where previous outcomes and learning were useful and accurate. And the role of intuition appears to be no different in our everyday thought processes than in more crucial decisions.
Research at the University of South Wales confirmed that intuition significantly benefits decision making while adding that nonconscious information can increase decision accuracy, speed, and confidence (Lufityanto, Donkin, & Pearson, 2016).
The Science Behind Intuitive Thinking
Intuition is something that is correlated to our emotions and as a result, is hard to immaculately study and process in a set of patterns. It happens on a speculative basis and hence, has raised a lot of questions regarding its mechanism and explanation. Because just like everything else, something as mysterious as intuitive thinking must also have a definition and explanation behind it.
According to their research, intuitive thinking originates in the neocortex. This is a special part of the brain that has elements of both the right and left hemispheres of the cerebrum in it. Intuitive thinking happens in a region of our brain close to the pineal gland. In other words, it lines up with the middle of your forehead, between your eyebrows. Although they’re not sure exactly how it works still, they think it has something to do with instantly processing knowledge, experiences, and the signs around you. The end result of that processing is a correct interpretation of reality, that is, intuition playing its part. In layman’s terms, the very hunch that we feel in our ‘gut’.
The 4 Types of Intuitive Thinking
As per studies, there are 4 types of intuitive thinking that can be identified in human nature. Each of them are significant and distinguished in their own unique way but are very much present in any given scenario. They are :-
1. Emotional Intuitive Thinking
Emotional Intuition has to do with the ability of immediately picking up on other people’s personality traits or emotional states. You can see who they are, or how they are, without them having to say anything. This is a subconscious way of reading and seeing through personalities and intentions.