Intuition: An Emotional Intelligence Competency

Written by Susan Dunn, Coach

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Things we can’t describe, but we "know," come from our implicit memory. Our implicit memory ensures that “camouflaged learning” permeates out lives. Spoken language, for instance, is a confusing assortment of phonological and grammatical rules that we couldn’t possibly describe, yet we all learn to speak our native tongue. In fact, children are able to learn it without any formal instruction at all. Similarly, in learning foreign languages, it’s generally considered that “immersion” isrepparttar best way to attain fluency – spending your days with native speakers and just absorbing it. Considerrepparttar 126273 extent to which we intuit. In his book, "Language Instinct," Steven Pinker observes that we all ‘know’ that “thole, plast and flitch are not English words but they could be, whereas vlas, ptak, and nyip cannot be English.” Why? Well, just because, but wouldn’t you agree?

The advantages of intuition? It’s much quicker – and also surer – to use your intuition. You have a greater grasp on reality, as it were, when you don’t confuse things by bringing inrepparttar 126274 neocortex. "Reason," said Pascal, “isrepparttar 126275 slow and tortuous method by which those who do not knowrepparttar 126276 truth discover it.”

“There is guidance available to us at all times,” says Penny Peirce, “just belowI>repparttar 126277 surface of our logic, just after we stop pushing and striving, just before we jump to conclusions. By cultivatingrepparttar 126278 ability to pause and be comfortable with silence, and then by focusing steadily and listening forrepparttar 126279 first sounds or feelings, forrepparttar 126280 first impressions, you can help your intuition wake up suddenly and enthusiastically, as if from a long winter’s nap.”

How do you develop your intuition? One way is to learn to still your self-talk, what I refer to as “the Talking Head” – that constant yammering that goes on inside your head. Get centered. Quiet your thinking mind. Slow down and focus on one thing at a time. Listen. Practice.

“Although intuition is a natural resource,” says Nancy Rosanoff, an intuition trainer, “it functions best when developed and exercised. Like a muscle, intuition becomes strong, reliable, and precise when trained and put to use."

So what’srepparttar 126281 buzz about intuition? It’s coming into its own. It’s getting legitimate. Corporations are even hiring intuitionists to make decisions. I say it’s about time, because it’s a much surer way to make a decision than are logic and reason; an important decision that is. How much data would be too much to know aboutrepparttar 126282 woman you’re going to be leaving your baby with all day? Aboutrepparttar 126283 man you’re considering marrying? At some pointrepparttar 126284 data ends, and you make a decision based on your feelings. Do you doubt this? Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chief Justice ofrepparttar 126285 Supreme Court, said that 90% ofrepparttar 126286 decisions at his level were emotional. He just rationalized them afterwards. As we all have done.

“In small matters, userepparttar 126287 head,” said Freud, “and in large matters,repparttar 126288 heart.” And that's intuition!

Susan Dunn is a personal and professional development coach specializing in emotional intelligence. You can visit her on the web at

Seven Ways to Access Peak Perfomance

Written by Susan Dunn, M. A.

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Getrepparttar right kind of stimulation from people, andrepparttar 126272 converse is also true -- some people provide a negative drag. Avoid them.

Work out both sides of your brain. Traditional study will improverepparttar 126273 left-brain--analytical, logical and reasoning. Music, art, poetry and myths will work outrepparttar 126274 right-brain. You need both, and you need good communication betweenrepparttar 126275 two.

5. Use music. We've all heard aboutrepparttar 126276 "Mozart effect." The validity of listening to Mozart hasn't exactly been proven, but we do know that music can soothe us (new age) and hype us up (rap). Experiment! It's certainly good forrepparttar 126277 right-brain.

6. Certain drugs can increase oxygen flow torepparttar 126278 brain and/or increase blood flow, but they should be used judiciously as some can be harmful or lethal. The results still aren't in yet on St. John's Wort for depression, or gingko biloba for Alzheimer's disease. Stay up onrepparttar 126279 research and check it out.

7. Practice extreme self-care. What you eat and how you exercise affect your brain just as they affect every other organ in your body. We know that aerobic exercise can improve scores on some types of creativity tests. It will also, of course, improve your self-confidence to exercise, eat right and be in top shape. Build up reserves of energy and get enough sleep. Give your brain a break!

Remember that it works if you work it.

Susan Dunn, M.A., Clinical Psychology, is a personal and professional development coach specializing in emotional intelligence. Email her for her free ezine.

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