Jul 23, 2019 | Updated: 09:15 AM EDT

Intuition May be the Highest Form of Intelligence

Jun 19, 2019 09:17 AM EDT

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So, if you're thinking, intuition has nothing to do with intelligence, then you're not alone. Because intuition is so difficult to measure and observe. The dictionary definition of intuition is as follows: "1. the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning."

Intuition is our first instinct; it's what we feel right away before the mind has time to come in and consciously analyze. Often times we hear of people who are near death, and everything becomes clear and they just instinctively know exactly what needs to be done to get themselves out of the situation; there is no time to hum and haw and weigh options, and intuition takes over if we let it.

You know when you get that "gut feeling" that maybe something isn't right? That is your intuition, and while we feel it in our gut or stomach area, many people often argue it comes from the heart. In fact, a documentary called The Power Of The Heart explains how this feeling is actually coming from the heart, and the heart is always the first to react to any given situation. The heart intuitively knows what's up.

Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and author of the book Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, claims to be both intuitive and rational.

"In my scientific work, I have hunches. I can't explain always why I think a certain path is a right way, but I need to trust it and go ahead. I also have the ability to check these hunches and find out what they are about. That's the science part. Now, in private life, I rely on instinct. For instance, when I first met my wife, I didn't do computations. Nor did she."

Intuition itself doesn't equal intelligence, but intuition with action most certainly can be intelligent. You've probably said it to yourself before, I knew that was the answer; I should have gone with my first instinct. You see, this is an example of how your intuition often knows what your conscious mind does not. But just as Gigerenzer says, he tests his first instinct to see if it was correct and often time it is. So, intuition does hold some form of intelligence.

So, despite often having that great idea, do you find that you have a difficult time trusting this answer or path is correct? The amazing thing about intuition is that it can be thought of as a muscle. Every time you use it and trust it, it becomes stronger. Therefore, if you feel your intuition isn't very clear, try strengthening this muscle.

Try acting on the first thought you have, and see how often it leads you where you need to go, or gives you the right answer. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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