Is it possible to trust intuition?
Relying on intuition in the current rational world is not accepted. Many believe that analytical thinking is something that a person has received along with progress, and that intuition and emotion as factors in decision making have long been obsolete. However, says Valerie van Mulukom of the University of Coventry University, this is a misconception. Emotions and intuition – this is not an accidental reaction, it is also the result of processing information in the brain, which is based on past experience, preserved in memory. The brain compares what is happening at the moment, the information that comes from the senses, with what was before, and on the basis of previous actions and their result predicts what will happen next. In fact, a person is always ready to process incoming data in the most optimal way, and if something absolutely new happens, which had no analogues before then, the information stored in the head is supplemented. All this happens without the use of consciousness.
For example, a person can drive a car in the dark at night in an unfamiliar area and suddenly, in obedience to intuition, change the trajectory and travel around the unexpectedly appeared pit. However, in fact, this situation is quite rational explanation: the driver’s eyes saw that the cars ahead are slightly displaced in a certain place, the brain calculated the probabilities and gave the order to follow the example of others. In fact, it turns out that intuition is a rational decision that “has not reached” consciousness, but is already ready to be put into practice.
In the psychological literature, two types of thinking are described: intuitive (automatic, fast, unconscious) and analytical (slow, logical and conscious). Many people oppose these two types, but studies show that they often work simultaneously and complement each other, and even serious scientific research can begin with an unexpected idea that has emerged from intuition, and only then this idea is opened with the help of rational thinking, testing and testing. Both types of thinking have their pros and cons and one should not refuse to trust intuition, although in each case it is worth to weigh the pros and cons.