Intuition is a form of knowledge that appears in consciousness without deliberation. It is not magical but rather a hunches that’s are generated by the unconscious mind rapidly shifting through past experience and cumulative knowledge.

Often referred to as “gut feelings,” intuition tends to arise holistically and quickly, without awareness of the underlying mental processing of information.

Psychology believe that intuition relies on powers of pattern-matching, as the mind combs experience stored in long term me for similar situations and presents in-the-moment judgements based on them. The automatic information processing that underlies intuition can be seen in the everyday phenomenon known as a “highway hypnosis,” which occurs when a driver travels for miles without conscious thought about the activity of driving the vehicle.

Intuition, like first impressions, serves the brain’s need to predict and prepare for what will happen next. First impressions are rapid, holistic assessments of people based on subtle perceptual cues and judgement of intent to help or harm. Both rely on automatic processes and as rapid evaluation systems, both are subject to error, especially from biases we hold.

When to Trust your Gut.

Our gut feelings are often correct, but we tend to attach a certainty to the that they are always merit. They do tend to be more accurate in some domains of experience that other, such as in the formation of first impressions. Intuition is often valuable in deception and other forms of danger, and in detecting sexual orientation.

Is intuition always right?

Experts find that no matter how right it feels, is most reliable in some areas of activity that others. For example, it can help you generate new ideas or new figures of speech, but don’t count on it for comprehending vocabulary, where reflective thinking better fits the task, or in judging candidates. Many situations actually utilize a combination of reflective deliberation and automatic intuition.

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