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

Games Master Manipulators Play: Boundary Blindness

How to know when your personal boundaries are being crossed, and what to do about it.

Quarks, Quasars and the Mind: Stranger Than We Suppose

Any account of the mind that conveniently dovetails with our common sense should be met with skepticism.

Here's How to Feel Satisfied With Your Life Decisions

By Caroline Beaton on April 29, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Modern psychology offers three ways to make peace with your decisions.

Positive Heuristics

Researchers are looking at heuristics the wrong way — as sources of bias and error. In fact, they are powerful strategies for making inferences under uncertainty and ambiguity.

A Practical Guide to Not Settling

What if the people that shape our world for the better are no smarter than we are – as Steve Jobs believed? How do they find the path to extraordinary accomplishment?

Could a Blood Test for Cancer Be Dangerous?

Early cancer detection seems right. But it can, in reality, be wrong.

Responding to Your Partner's Attachment Style

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in Talking Apes
According to recent research, to get what you want out of a relationship, you first have to give your partner what they want.

Do Only Dead Fish Swim With the Stream?

Many people's long-term romantic behavior is similar to dead fish floating with the current, slowly drifting with the stream. Is such behavior damaging? Not always, it would seen.

4 Steps to Making Better Decisions

Our inner wisdom is an invaluable tool in making decisions.

Knowing Oneself Is Easier Said Than Done

By Graham Collier on February 21, 2017 in The Consciousness Question
There is no guarantee you will ever completely know just who and why you are.

Experimental Philosophy: Strengths and Limitations

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Hot Thought
Experimental philosophy is an important movement in which philosophers systematically collect data about how people think. It has 2 main strengths and 3 surmountable limitations.


By Gary Klein Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Anticipatory thinking is the way we imagine how unexpected events may affect our plans, alerting us to potential threats. But what are the dysfunctional tendencies that block it?

Royally Bad Philosophy (A Reply to Craig and Colbert)

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in A Logical Take
The cosmological argument ("why is there something rather than nothing") is not nearly as strong as many suppose.

Everyday Gaslighting

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Ambigamy
Gaslighting–causing someone to question their own sanity isn't just for con-artists. People who act inconsistently but deny it will project their inconsistency on any challengers.

How a Poem Gave Direction in Therapy

By Susan Rako M.D. on January 25, 2017 in More Light
Why is this patient feeling sad? A poem speaks directly to the heart of the matter in therapy.

The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on January 17, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
Feeling low? New research says: Try a pickle. Gut feelings are more real than you think, and intestinal bugs influence your mood as well as your waistline.

Is ‘Gaydar’ Really a Thing?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Talking Apes
People can be surprisingly accurate at judging others’ sexual orientation from nonverbal cues, but only because ‘gaydar’ works just like other social intuitions.

Gut Feeling

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on January 11, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
When Meryl Streep spoke out about vindictiveness at the Golden Globes, was she right to trust her gut instinct?

Trusting Your Gut: Maybe It's Not What You Think

Have you ever used logic to make an important decision and ended up feeling you made the wrong choice? Maybe using your gut is the way to get an answer you won't doubt.

The Myths of Moneyball

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on January 08, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
The book Moneyball makes three shaky claims about baseball scouts: that they lack expertise, can't judge talent, and refuse to use statistics. None of these claims holds up.

Professor Gilbert’s Illusion

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 05, 2017 in One Among Many
Professor Dan Gilbert, a household name, diddled with the visual system to make you think your decisions are bad. Critical thinking follows critical perception.

Creative Thinking in Action

What objects or "things" could you bring into play, to help you reach a fresh new view of what's possible?

50 Poets You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Let me know what poets from this list whose work you love and let me know, too, what names you think I should have included.

Here's a Quick Way to Develop Your Intuition

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
It's been said that everyone is intuitive if they just listened to their inner voice. This article will offer some preliminary tips on how to develop and practice your intuition.

12 Keys to Love in the New Year

By Kimberly Key on December 27, 2016 in Counseling Keys
It's OK to kiss your partner during a fight.

Psychology and Spirituality: BFFs or Rivals?

By Itai Ivtzan Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in Mindfulness for Wellbeing
What happens when we live both rational psychology and self-transcendent spirituality? We live life fully.

Speaking Truth to Power: An Interview With Peter Buffett

By Mark Matousek on December 03, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett talks about the enigma of Trump and the antidote to greed.

Where Does Our Moral Sense Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our intuitive morality may have been shaped not by the day-to-day dilemmas we face but rather by the opinions of others.

Can People Overcome Their Implicit Biases?

Vice President-Elect Mike Pence probably underestimates the pervasiveness and the near inevitability of implicit bias.

Deciding, Fast and Slow

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Talking Apes
The classical view of fast intuitive thinking and slow rational thinking may be flawed. Instead, it’s when our goals conflict that our decision making slows down.