Following sixth sense

Do you believe you have sixth sense or intuition?
Intuition comes from the Latin word intuitio meaning consider, or contemplate. That implies that thoughts are processed in order to reach a decision. These thoughts may be made in a micro second from knowledge already acquired. Yet there may be no thought at all. Others perceive apparent lack of thought and verbalise their concerns and suggest better thought should go into a decision. They know best after all.

What is one of your best decisions you have made so far in your life? Did you take a leap of faith? Did you enter into the unknown on a whim? Did your friends think you were crazy, but were secretly wishing they were doing it too? Does following our sixth sense or our intuition make one feel more alive?
Or just irrational?

Do we perceive ourselves as being more rational than we really are? Despite all the facts being in front of us do we sometimes jump the way we weren’t supposed to or expected to? Can we explain all our decisions that we make? Should we question ourselves? Does it really matter what we decide to do? Are we really making our own decisions? Should we be more reasonable?

Do we make better decisions when we analyse what our options are?  Or do we get tangled in the process and become tied up in knots and unable to make a decision. When we have too many choices that can cause us to make no decision at all. Think the wine aisle at the supermarket. Yet with only several choices to make we are able to decide. Egg section at the supermarket. The Paradox of Choice, by Barry Schwartz, delves into this more is less with choice making.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost (18741963) from the poem The Road Not Taken


12 thoughts on “Following sixth sense

  1. “The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”
    INTUITION is one of the factors that determine personality type: You can take the test online at their website.

      • Good morning, or evening! I wrote this on my other blog:
        Having tested INTJ on the MBTI, it seems to me that there is considerable overlap of personality “characteristics” that are considered neither good nor bad on the objective, non-moralistic Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, but which are labeled symptoms of disorder by those (psychologists) intent on rooting out human pathologies. As an Asperger individual I have been beaten over the head with the idea that we are defective social out casts and a threat to civilization. Who wouldn’t be reclusive after that treatment? One social concept that social humans don’t understand is that if you treat sane and intelligent people poorly, they will go away, unlike social addicts who crave abuse. On the other side of the equation, as an INTJ, I concede that “we” are a tad bit overconfident and obnoxious.

        I have posed the question on several INTJ chat sites – Are you Asperger also? and there are so many “dual diagnosis” that I doubt it’s a coincidence.

      • The MBTI is used by businesses to match job applicants to the correct job. I like it because it’s non judgmental – just points to strengths and weaknesses. Yes there are INTJ chat sites – they can be alarming! But fun to pop into once in awhile.

        I was pretty wild when young; very headstrong, very committed to intuitive decisions. It worked great until about 40 when I hit some speed bumps (from outside forces I couldn’t control) and I started to doubt myself. I’ve become conservative, careful, restrained.

      • In school many moons ago they made you answer questions to see what job was suitable but I don’t think I ever answered them honestly. I didn’t know who I was then. I think I should have been an academic researcher.
        Curious now about the INTJ sites. Feeling sleepy and it’s only 7pm. Tomorrow. 🙂
        I wonder if we become naturally more conservative as we get older?

  2. Responding to intuition as a reliable decision-making process: For me it’s a double-edged sword. What intuition points to often feels right to me, but has caused a great deal of friction with family members, co-workers, and in relationships. Decisions that “feel” inevitable to me have appeared to be selfish or irresponsible to others. (Rightly so.) Such as being offered a job in a distant city while there on vacation, accepting it, going home, packing a suitcase and starting work at the new job 4 days later. Wow! Some very upset people. But looking back, it had to be that way. Intuition is a wild friend.
    Intuition feels like surfing – timing is everything; reading the wave is everything. You can prepare yourself, but you can’t predict or control “fate.”

    • Getting the job while on holiday sounds perfect. Spontaneous. Is that your regular forte?
      I used to be spontaneous. I recently booked the camping trip, that was spontaneous for me. I want more spontaneity in my life.
      I like your analogy of intuition being like surfing.
      I find life is like surfing, sometimes there are no waves and you have time to rest, other times you time yourself and jump on a wave.
      Intuition, I believe I have it but I find that depression when it hits damages it badly and I get wobbly on that surfboard. I’m relearning to stand up on the board and ride the wave back to the beach.

  3. I have always consciously made my decisions based on very little other than my stomach (where I have found most of the useful feelings are–my heart only has non-instructive feelings, like pain and terror and panic and sometimes happiness). I have often wondered whether I was alone in this. My life seems to be constructed of a lot of patterns and blocks that I must feel my way through blind. (When I am writing a story, the feeling is very direct, probably because I feel more comfortable since it is only a story and can’t do any harm if the decisions I make are bad.)

    But I do not know if those patterns and blocks that I feel are good, or if they are an elaborate trap that I will do harm by conforming to.

    This is an interesting post.

    • Do we really have choices or are they already made for us? Do we like to think that we weigh up the choices and arrive at a decision or do we already know what the decision will be. Do we waste a lot of time in indecision?

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