What Is Intuition and Why Is It Important? 5 Examples (2022)

What Is Intuition and Why Is It Important? 5 Examples (1)Intuition is that feeling in your gut when you instinctively know that something you are doing is right or wrong.

Or it’s that moment when you sense kindness, or fear, in another’s face. You don’t know why you feel that way; it’s just a hunch.

But what is it? After all, researchers can’t see it in the brain.

While understanding intuition offers a considerable challenge for science, broadly speaking, it involves “learned responses that are not the outcomes of deliberate processes” (Hogarth, 2010).

In this article, we look at the lightning-fast, mostly hidden processes involved in intuition, their effect on decision making, and their role in creativity.

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This Article Contains:

  • What Is Intuition? 5 Real-Life Examples
  • How Does Intuition Work? Psychology Theories
  • Is Intuition Important?
  • Instinct, Logic, or Intuition?
  • Its Role in Decision Making
  • The Link Between Intuition and Creativity
  • 7 Books on the Topic
  • PositivePsychology.com Relevant Resources
  • A Take-Home Message
  • References

What Is Intuition? 5 Real-Life Examples

Intuition is not logical. It is not the result of a set of considered steps that can be shared or explained. Instead, while based on deep-seated knowledge, the process feels natural, almost instinctual.

And yet, while intuition is quick and usually beneficial, it is not always entirely accurate. The subconscious brain attempts to recognize, process, and use patterns of thinking based on prior experience and a best guess.

Paradoxically, intuition feels unknowable. After all, you cannot explain the thinking behind a snap decision that appears out of nowhere.

It just happens.

While intuition occurs in your day-to-day life, it is sometimes most apparent in the decisions of experts. The specialist draws on years of experience, held in unconscious frameworks, to make fast, high-quality decisions (Nalliah, 2016).

1. Dentistry

Healthcare researchers found that experienced dentists often rely on intuition to make complex, time-bound decisions. Based on many years of deeply stored knowledge, choices are made quickly and are often superior to those that rely on clear evidence and rational thought (Nalliah, 2016).

2. Business

Perhaps surprisingly, many of the world’s most influential businesspeople admit to making decisions based on intuition rather than logical, deliberate thinking.

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Out of a sample of 36 CEOs, 85% confirmed that intuition – in the form of rules of thumb (ROTs) – was central to their decision-making process (Maidique, 2014).

The following list comes from the former president of Lenovo, William Amelio:

  • Strategic
    • Focus on a few crucial decisions.
    • A decision is better than no decision, but don’t let it run too far if it’s not working.
    • Trust your intuition.
  • People
    • Communicate big decisions regularly and frequently.
    • Don’t tolerate jerks.
    • Build a team you can trust.
    • Trust your intuition.
  • Self
    • Get feedback early and regularly, and act on it.
    • Earn others’ trust and confidence.
    • Gain credibility by showing your vulnerabilities.
    • You have strengths; use them.
    • Trust your intuition.

3. The stag hunt game

Intuition forms an essential part of both work and play.

The stag hunt game involves strategy, trust, and intuition. Players choose, in secret, to either cooperate or compete against one another.

The use of intuition is associated with time pressure, and learned heuristics (another word for ROTs) play an essential role in winning the game (Belloc, Bilancini, Boncinelli, & D’Alessandro, 2019).

4. Stockbrokers

Human intuition is massively important – an evolved function fundamental to our ancestors’ survival – but it can be mistaken.

In an annual competition by The Wall Street Journal, teams competed on how their stocks performed. But while one side was a group of highly skilled expert brokers, the other was a group of journalists choosing their shares by the throw of a dart.

Intuitively, expertise should win.

And yet, it appears, that wasn’t true in this case. The contest ceased without explanation, most likely to avoid the stockbrokers’ embarrassment (Arkes & Kajdasz, 2011).

5. Art

In 1983, Gianfranco Becchina had a rare sixth-century sculpture for sale with a staggering $10 million price tag. The Getty Museum, having reviewed X-rays, expert testimony, and historical documentation, agreed to its purchase amid considerable media hype.

However, when Evelyn Harrison, a renowned expert on Greek sculptures, and Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, arrived to admire the statue, they knew, intuitively, something was wrong.

According to Hoving, it seemed “fresh,” which was unexpected as the 2,000-year-old statue had been taken out of the ground.

And they were right. While the sculpture was from a workshop in Rome, it originated from a forger in 1980, rather than a master sculptor from antiquity (Gladwell, 2005).

How Does Intuition Work? Psychology Theories

What Is Intuition and Why Is It Important? 5 Examples (2)The study of decision making has a problem.

While we can observe people’s behavior, even with the advances made in brain imaging, we cannot – yet – see the thought processes that go on behind the scenes (Hogarth, 2010).

What does psychology have to say about intuition, when much of what happens in the brain is invisible – like looking at the outside of a black box?

Many scientists propose a dual-process theory – decision-making processes split between intuitive (experiential or tacit) and analytical (rational or deliberate).

In Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell (2005) describes the two different approaches as blinking, when intuition is used, and thinking, when an analysis is performed.

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There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.

Malcolm Gladwell

Intuition (or blinking) typically refers to the use of knowledge that is not explicit and in popular culture might be described as a “hunch” or “women’s intuition.”

When it happens, it’s hard to quantify or define, but it is there. As with the following thought:

I had a feeling there was something wrong; she just didn’t seem like herself.

Hogarth (2010) suggests “the essence of intuition or intuitive responses is that they are reached with little apparent effort, and typically without conscious awareness. They involve little or no conscious deliberation.

Seymour Epstein (2010) offers a further, complementary insight: “Intuition involves a sense of knowing without knowing how one knows” based on the unconscious processing of information.

Intuitions also appear to be holistic – combining insights from multiple sources and often requiring a leap in thinking based on limited information.

Processes involved in intuition

Herbert Simon’s research in the 1950s into the concept of bounded rationality guides much of the work on intuition. Simon suggested that people often make decisions – and reduce their cognitive load – based on what is good enough.

Rather than arriving at complete and entirely correct answers, when faced with specific tasks, we often resort to heuristics – or rules of thumb – that help form intuitive judgments (Simon, 1955).

The use of heuristics is considered commonplace and the default approach for making decisions (Epstein, 2010).

The process of recognition – a fundamental evolved function – is also crucial to intuition. It appears separate from other parts of the human memory in the brain, capable of persisting in the most challenging conditions with accuracy sufficient for practical purposes.

Intuition appears to rely on the automation of the decision-making process.

Newly learned tasks often rely on declarative knowledge; we must consciously consider each move or action. As a result of practice and learning, this knowledge becomes automated or procedural. Such tasks are acted out without conscious intervention, saving significant processing power and freeing the mind to focus on more intensive or newly acquired actions.

Forward and backward inferences also play an essential role in intuition (Hogarth, 2010). The knowledge we have acquired through experience helps us predict, intuitively, where the ball will land or why the child tripped and take action.

Indeed, the vast knowledge we build up over time allows real-world predictions, enabling us to act quickly and effectively in situations that most of us have encountered many times before.

Learning and retrieval are also highly relevant to successful intuitive processes.

Having experienced objects and scenes before, we are highly adept at pattern matching to support our ability to decide and act quickly and effectively.

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For example, when we walk into a coffee shop, we recognize a cup as something we have seen many times before. We also understand, intuitively, that it is likely to be hot and easily spilled on an uneven surface.

Intuition appears to arise – like an epiphenomenon – out of the interaction of many distinctive cognitive processes, rather than a single one. They combine to deliver a fast and effective response when it is most needed.

Is Intuition Important?

In a word, yes.

Intuition offers a reduction in overall cognitive load and the ability to respond instantly while providing confidence in our knowledge and decision making – even though it may defy analysis (Hogarth, 2010).

Such automatic thinking may benefit from, or be hampered by, experience.

When we receive a check at the end of a meal, we usually have an intuitive feel for its costs, based on experience. However, this may fail when we are in a new country or did not realize we had mistakenly chosen the most expensive wine in the cellar.

Intuition helps us survive by providing fast responses that, usually, offer an appropriate, immediate action to address a situation. Such responses rely heavily on “cultural capital,” learnings specific to the environment in which we find ourselves.

While this usually helps us, it can lead to bias and prejudice in our decision making – based on religion, culture, social, moral, and even political environments – and may need to be countered by rational thinking.

Indeed, “intuition can be explicitly educated,” says Hogarth (2010). By changing the content and environment surrounding our learning, we can lean toward more accurate and less biased, intuitive judgments.

Instinct, Logic, or Intuition?

What Is Intuition and Why Is It Important? 5 Examples (3)While intuition is defined as arriving at knowledge without relying on reason or inference (Epstein, 2010), it differs from instinct.

The latter is hardwired, a less flexible, direct response to stimuli.

According to Merriam-Webster, instinct is “a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason.”

It is, therefore, likely to engage less complicated or deep processing. Instinct is innate, inherited, and hardwired into our brain’s circuitry as a result of millions of years of evolution.

If a lion roars and I am unaware of it standing behind me, I jump, turn, and, most likely, run for the hills. This action is more primal than intuitive or analytical – though most likely, there are shades of gray.

Logic is analytical – the rational consideration of a problem. To complete our taxes, we rely on working through each question, completing each box and referencing spreadsheets, sticky notes, or boxes of receipts. Tax advisers are unlikely to appreciate completion using an intuitive, gut feeling regarding how much we owe.

Its Role in Decision Making

While we may be mostly unaware of our day-to-day decision making, it is likely to be a mix of intuitive and deliberate thinking (Hogarth, 2010).

And the role of intuition appears to be no different in our everyday thought processes than in more crucial decisions.

Intuitive decision making is based on our past experiences and, therefore, repeatedly successful in similar situations, where previous outcomes and learning were useful and accurate.

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Where the current or future situation is significantly different, we must use our intuition with caution. Without rational analysis, any decision taken could be ineffective at best or dangerous at worst.

When it works well and time constraints are strict, intuition can provide fast, focused thinking (e.g., the boat is sinking or the bomb is ticking). When there is time to deliberate – how do we tackle global warming or racism? – we must rely on rational, evidence-based analysis.

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 Link Between Intuition and Creativity

What Is Intuition and Why Is It Important? 5 Examples (4)Creativity, like intuition, can be challenging to define.

And yet they both appear to involve the transformation of ideas into something tangible, novel, and valuable in communicating ideas and solving problems.

The idea that intuition is perceptual, subconsciously linking disparate pieces of information, also suggests considerable interplay with creativity. Both intuition and creativity appear, at some level, to combine data from multiple sources into something coherent (Raidl & Lubart, 2001).

Recent research has identified links between intuition and the early stages of the creative process, including idea generation and evaluation stages (Pétervári, Osman, & Bhattacharya, 2016).

7 Books on the Topic

You can learn to become more intuitive (Epstein, 2010). Use the following books to explore the topic further:

  1. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell (Amazon)
  2. Educating Intuition – Robin Hogarth (Amazon)
  3. The Myth of Experience: Why We Learn the Wrong Lessons, and Ways to Correct Them – Emre Soyer and Robin Hogarth (Amazon)
  4. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Amazon)
  5. Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions – Gerd Gigerenzer (Amazon)
  6. Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious – Gerd Gigerenzer (Amazon)
  7. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman (Amazon)

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A Take-Home Message

Intuition is an incredibly powerful tool for decision making. It ensures we respond in the moment, freeing up valuable mental resources to tackle novel experiences and optimize learning.

While not infallible, intuition is invaluable.

Intuition provides us with a “gut” response – an inner voice ­– beyond logic or learned responses, revealing both who we are and the knowledge we have gained.

If we listen, we can benefit from the creativity it offers and the feeling of confidence that it brings. Let intuition help you grow and make time-critical decisions based on resources that are not always easily reached.

Recognize the circumstances when you are at your most intuitive. Find opportunities to recreate them and tap the potential for creativity and fast, insightful decision making.

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What is intuition with example? ›

The definition of intuition is an immediate understanding or knowing something without reasoning. An example of intuition is love at first sight. noun.

What is intuition and why is it important? ›

Intuition provides us with a “gut” response – an inner voice – beyond logic or learned responses, revealing both who we are and the knowledge we have gained. If we listen, we can benefit from the creativity it offers and the feeling of confidence that it brings.

What is an example of intuition in real life? ›

For example: “I looked extensively for information before making a decision” (rational), “I did not have time to decide analytically, so I relied on my experience” (experience-based), or “I was not completely sure how to decide, so I decided based on my gut feeling” (emotional).

What is the intuition means? ›

Britannica Dictionary definition of INTUITION. 1. [noncount] : a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why. Intuition was telling her that something was very wrong.

How do you use intuition to make decisions? ›

These steps are reflected in rational decision-making models, and although you might find minor differences, most models adhere to roughly the same pattern:
  1. Identify the decision to be made.
  2. Gather relevant information.
  3. Identify alternative solutions.
  4. Evaluate the options.
  5. Choose a course of action.
  6. Implement the decision.
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What are the 4 types of intuition? ›

These types are expert intuition, creative intuition, social intuition, and temporal intuition. In this article, we will describe the nuances of these four types of intuition, when they are most valuable, and limitations to be aware of in their use.

Why is it important to have a strong intuition? ›

Psychologists claim that your intuitive decisions represent the most direct path to your true self. As you learn to recognize and trust your intuition, you will in sync with your true desires and will learn about yourself on a level you could only imagine in the past.

When should you use intuition? ›

If you only have a small window in which to decide, intuition can be helpful because it is faster than a detailed analysis. This is especially true when there is very little information with which to make the decision.

How do you use intuition in a sentence? ›

Intuition in a Sentence 🔉
  1. They say that when you feel something is wrong you should trust your intuition.
  2. When her child is involved, a mother's intuition will often allow her to perceive things that others might miss.
  3. Having decades of experience, his intuition told him that something was not quite right.

How do you know its your intuition? ›

You know your intuition is around when you say things like, “I can't really explain it, but…” or “It just felt right” or, more likely, “It just felt wrong.” Intuition can feel like this “woo woo” thing, but experts back it up as valuable. It's our past experiences and learnings feeding us information in the present.

What is intuition thinking? ›

Intuitive thinking means going with one's first instinct and reaching decisions quickly based on automatic cognitive processes. Reflective thinking involves the questioning of first instinct and consideration of other possibilities, thus allowing for counterintuitive decisions.

What kinds of intuition are there? ›

These considerations lead us to propose that there are two distinct kinds of intuition – intuitive judgement and intuitive insight.

How do you know its your intuition? ›

You know your intuition is around when you say things like, “I can't really explain it, but…” or “It just felt right” or, more likely, “It just felt wrong.” Intuition can feel like this “woo woo” thing, but experts back it up as valuable. It's our past experiences and learnings feeding us information in the present.

What is intuition thinking? ›

Intuitive thinking means going with one's first instinct and reaching decisions quickly based on automatic cognitive processes. Reflective thinking involves the questioning of first instinct and consideration of other possibilities, thus allowing for counterintuitive decisions.

How do you use intuition in a sentence? ›

Intuition in a Sentence 🔉
  1. They say that when you feel something is wrong you should trust your intuition.
  2. When her child is involved, a mother's intuition will often allow her to perceive things that others might miss.
  3. Having decades of experience, his intuition told him that something was not quite right.

In this article, we will look at sensing vs. intuition examples. This article also explores the sensor and intuitive personality types and how to identify

In this article, we will look at sensing vs. intuition examples.. This article will also look at the sensing and intuitive functions.. And Intuition is the innate capacity to obtain information through abstract experiences of actual things.Even though we all use sensing and intuitive functions, the innate inclination of an individual would be greater for one than the other.. Sensing (S) and Intuition (N) are two functions that are used to gather and analyze new information, either through your five human senses or in more abstract ways .. Here are examples of sensing vs. intuition :. Sensing ExampleIntuition Example They recall incidents in the form of images of what actually transpiredThey recall experiences based on what they perceived about their deeper meaningThey fix problems by looking through details until they grasp what’s going onThey resolve issues by switching between various ideas and strategiesThey are extremely practical and realistic people who consider the end resultThey are creative individuals who prefer to focus on the process itself rather than the end result because they have inner wisdom to guide themThey start with details and work their way up to a greater pictureThey like to think about the bigger picture before diving into the detailsThey put their faith in experience first and language and symbols second More than knowledge, they trust perceptions, symbols, and metaphorsThey can get caught up in reality, both current and past, and lose out on new opportunitiesThey can get so caught up in new ideas that they may forget to create a reality out of them Here are examples of how personality types with sensing and intuition preference see each other:. Pay far too much attention to trivial informationTheir ambitions or dreams are impracticalLimited by or tied down to the current momentToo abstract and otherworldlyLack of imagination and big-picture emphasisToo many images or theories but not enough factual informationThere’s so many facts but not enough images or interpretationsVery hard to decipherOff-the-cuff philosophers who discover things by everyday experience They are indifferent to their environment Sensing types are thoroughly practical whereas Intuition gives rise to ingenuity and a vast imagination.. Sensing types prefer simplicity and find beauty in it whereas Intuition hardwires a person to look deeper into everything and find beauty in details of complexities.. This article will also look at the sensing and intuitive functions.

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The aptly titled Job Satisfaction (Hoppock, 1935) defines job satisfaction as any combination of psychological, physiological, and environmental circumstances that cause a person to truthfully say that they are satisfied with a job.. Most ingredients linked to job satisfaction may have roots in elements outside of the employees’ control (such as leadership from managers and communication from company leaders), but what about the employees themselves?. While pay and benefits are not the only reason employees find satisfaction in their workplaces, research going back more than 30 years (e.g., Gerhart, 1987) shows that pay and benefits, at least according to how employees view themselves in their roles, has ranked high on lists of job satisfaction factors.. First, it is a primary responsibility of organizations to ascertain that employees are satisfied with their jobs through measurements, but also to find out the causes of dissatisfaction when employees are not feeling satisfied (McBride, 2002).. Job Satisfaction Survey (Spector, 1985) Job Description Index (Castanheira, 2014) The Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (Weiss, Dawis, and England, 1967). As to why job satisfaction is so important, the Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report from the Society for Human Resource Management (Lee et al., 2016) notes four benefits of making sure employees are satisfied with their work.

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No relationship comes from it.. Proper relationship involves loving and worshipping God, rather than one’s own sin.. Proper divine-human relationship involves seeing God as the ultimate good.. “[Possibly] God hides and thus permits … [some] nonbelief because, if He were not hidden, humans would relate to God and to their knowledge of God in presumptuous ways and the possibility of developing the inner attitudes essential to a proper relationship with Him would be ipso facto ruled out.” [“Introduction” in Divine Hiddenness: New Essays (eds) Moser & Howard-Snyder (Cambridge, 2002), 10.]. For example, a happy life in heavenly paradise could be something that someone is simply using God to obtain, while having no actual love or desire for God.. In the Christian tradition, God does not ask us to love him in order to escape punishment.. These are goods like…. There are actually very plausible scenarios and reasons for why more persons total might reject relationship if God were less hidden.. For one example, of several, there could everlastingly be more things to worship God for, ways which require God’s hiddenness.. Greater goods around the world ultimately obtain with God’s existence being unclear to some non-believers.. This is relevant because, this process of making free moral decisions, and freely forming our own character as a result, is a great good.. Consider that the seeking of God, as the highest good, would itself be a great good.. • Is truly non-resistant,. • Would enter into a proper relationship upon coming to belief,. • Would stay in proper relationship,. • Whose entering into proper relationship would bring more relationship goods total among all free agents (better total number and quality ratio), or more broadly…. • Whose entering into proper relationship would bring more goods total.


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