The Different Forms of Insight

Insights come in several forms. Most research uses the impasse form in which a person gets trapped by a flawed assumption and cannot find the solution to a puzzle without discarding this assumption. A second form depends on noticing contradictions and realizing that an accepted view must be incorrect. And a third form relies on noticing connections

Hopelessly Irrational or Wonderfully Creative?

Insights pop into our mind without any warning, in contrast to controlled, logical thinking. Insights provide a complement to the heuristics-and-biases worldview. Sure, we have to worry about making bad judgments. But we also should celebrate our capacity for insights.