Using Intuition

We think of intuition as a magical phenomenon—but hunches are formed out of our past experiences and knowledge. So while relying on gut feelings doesn't always lead to good decisions, it's not nearly as flighty a tactic as it may sound.

Recent Posts on Intuition

The First 100 Days: Be A Stranger (As Long As You Can)!

By Tim Leberecht on February 28, 2015 in The Romance of Work
When you start a new job, your story has already started before you walk through the office door for the first time. The beginning of your tenure is a great opportunity to capitalize on being an outsider and to make new mistakes.

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock and Us - Who is Superior?

By Eyal Winter on February 28, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Mr. Spock, Emotions, Super Rationality, Leonard Nimoy

The Girl Who Wanted to be Spock: A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 27, 2015 in Good Thinking
Spock was stable as a ocean-liner in stormy seas, a place of solace and practicality when crisis hit. He saw things clearly and keenly. And my fascination with him made me become a cognitive scientist.

5 Steps from Fear to Freedom

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on February 25, 2015 in Owning Pink
The journey from fear to freedom, which is all about coming into right relationship with uncertainty, is a predictable journey, one that many have traveled before you and many will travel after you.

Traveling Through Time

By Dr. Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Our ability to mentally travel back and forward in time gives us our sense of self and enhances our lives and coping abilities in many ways.

There Is Life After Divorce

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Emotional Fitness
You can’t rush back into the dating scene before making the necessary realizations about what happened in your previous one. Doing so is just foolish. The old saying holds true here, that if you don’t learn from your mistakes you are doomed to repeat them.

What’s Behind Women’s Intuition?

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on February 22, 2015 in He Speaks, She Speaks
The ability to decode nonverbal cues is ultimately valuable and essential for effective communication. So women must ask themselves, how can we use these skills to enhance our effectiveness instead of letting them divert us? Women must not focus on others for a definition of what is “normal” or acceptable behavior; they must define it for themselves.

Serenity: 6 Steps to Peace in the Midst of Change

By Rita Watson MPH on February 22, 2015 in With Love and Gratitude
Keep yourself and your relationship on an even keel and when change comes about -- second guessing will not shatter your peace. .

The Vicious Virtuous Circle

Anywhere you jump in the vicious virtuous circle is okay, because each of these crucial practices reinforces the other.

Expanding the Horizon of Our Perspective Taking

We become comfortable with what is familiar and this develops into habits. At times this is expedient, yet at other times it can inhibit us from creativity or reaching more potential. Learn some tips on how to expand the horizons and range of our thinking.

How to Dream Like Salvador Dali

By Michelle Carr on February 20, 2015 in Dream Factory
A brief nap, less than a second long, can be used as a source of artistic inspiration and creative resolution.

Second Thoughts

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in Seeing What Others Don't
I have now had two years to reflect on my book Seeing What Others Don't. I am pleased with the book, but there are a number of ways I would change it if I had the chance. I would make a small but important modification in the model of insight, and I would add much more material about ways to foster insights.

Physics and Poetry: A Polymath’s Creative Strategy

Where do successful individuals find inspiration and energy to do the things they do? Some may harbor their forces, focused on a single passion. Yet others take on multiple problems or even multiple careers. What? They let a hobby eat up their time? They split their energies between two careers? How does that enable success?

The Celestine Prophecy

By The Book Brigade on February 10, 2015 in The Author Speaks
We all start off as nonbelievers, says James Redfield. But if we open ourselves to the spirituality just below the surface of our everyday challenges, interesting things start to happen. We become more intuitive. And we get luckier.

Why Our Emotions Are More Rational Than We Think

By Eyal Winter on February 09, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Emotions, rationality, and behavior.

Deciding to Leave a Relationship

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in Pieces of Mind
Roller coaster relationships are painful. When you don't know if you should leave or stay, you may go back and forth depending on the emotions you are feeling. To stop the back and forth, evaluate the positives and negatives when you are calm.

Seeking Perfection? There's a Better Way.

I want the best for myself and my children. Why settle for less? We live in a society of plenty, so we often simply go for it and ask for exactly what we want. An almost inaudible, but powerful voice inside of us might tell us to reach for the best and only for the best. Is this always a good choice though? Is getting the best making us happy? When is it detrimental?

I May Be Past My Peak But I’m Not Over the Hill

By David F. Swink on February 04, 2015 in Threat Management
There are many benefits and risks of extreme sports. When are you too old to do them?


By Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. on February 03, 2015 in Get Out of Your Mind
Just because you’re not sick, doesn’t mean you’re healthy. We are used to that idea in physical health. The clarity we have with physical health, however, vanishes once we get to our own emotional, psychological, and social life.

Day 30: Picking Your Starting Place

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on February 01, 2015 in Rethinking Psychology
Pick your starting place as you work to improve your mental health.

Healthy Food Is Gross

Imagine what would happen if parents started giving green beans the "chocolate cake look." It would revolutionize how kids eat.

The Intuitive Generation

By Maureen D Healy on January 13, 2015 in Creative Development
What's new about today's children?

The Creative Inspiration of Worldplay

Inventing an imaginary world can be a boon to individuals working in the arts; in fact, the worldplay strategy has a long history of success.

Moral Stupefaction

By Jesse Marczyk on January 11, 2015 in Pop Psych
Some research has claimed that people are often found to be "morally dumbfounded", unable to explain their moral judgments with good reasons. The same research also suggests that people moralize "harmless" actions. While that may be true in some cases, in others the fault may reside within what researchers are counting as "good reasons" and "harm".

The Diametrics of Psychology Today

The diametric model suggests that psychology is divided up into folk and scientific, popular and official sub-types, with popular psychology being superior in some respects to its official counterpart.

Listening to Your Vocational Voice

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 05, 2015 in Minority Report
When is it time to follow your true self? How do you know if your calling awaits you? What are you to do when you're at a career crossroads in life? Learning to listen to your vocational voice is difficult amidst the din of daily life, but if you want to thrive then you'll find ways to discern your calling.

Mother’s Intuition: Do You Have It?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we automatically knew the best way to raise our children? Intuition involves “gut feelings” that happen without conscious or deliberate weighing of facts, and it has been well documented by research. But what does this mean for parents?

Reading Dangerous Faces

By Steve Albrecht DBA on December 31, 2014 in The Act of Violence
Children of alcoholics have had to become good face readers.

7 Foolproof Ways to Doom Your Resolutions

By Peg Streep on December 29, 2014 in Tech Support
A research-based and utterly reliable guide for all of those intent on sabotaging change and self-improvement.. Really.

Time Chauvinism, Time Blindness and Moral Chauvinism

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 28, 2014 in Ambigamy
"What a piece of work is man," said Shakespeare, "how noble in reason." True, but we're also a piece of work, earth's problem child. We are genius and fools; idiot savants. I'm an hopeful cynic. I trying to pin down what makes us stupid--me included, hopeful that maybe we can overcome it in time to save ourselves. This week I'm thinking about time and moral chauvinism.