Intuition: An Emotional Intelligence Competency

Written by Susan Dunn, Coach

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Intuition is an EQ competency, that is it's considered something necessary to successful living, and something to be respected and valued. In recent years it has emerged from obscurity, even suspicion. What exactly is intuition? Main Entry: in·tu·i·tion 1 : quick and ready insight 2 a : immediate apprehension or cognition b : knowledge or conviction gained by intuition c :repparttar 126273 power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference( According to Intuition magazine online, “intuition is increasingly recognized as a natural mental faculty, a key element inrepparttar 126274 creative process, a means of discovery, problem solving, and decision making. Once consideredrepparttar 126275 province of a gifted few, it is now recognized as an innate capacity available to everyone--not a rare, accidental talent, but a natural skill anyone can cultivate.” Remember those math problems you gotrepparttar 126276 correct answer for, but you didn’t get full credit because you couldn’t show your work? Intuition, Intuition magazine says, “is a key ingredient in what we call genius, and it is also an important tool when applied to everyday life.”

That having been said, from where does this almost mystical ability come?

In their amazing book, "A General Theory of Love", authors Lewis, Amini and Lannon, all doctors, agree that all of us acquire wonderfully complicated knowledge that we cannot describe, explain, or recognize.

They cite researchers Knowlton, Mangels and Squire, who devised an interesting experiment – they gave subjectsrepparttar 126277 task of predictingrepparttar 126278 weather in a simple computer model. They designedrepparttar 126279 experiment so that as unhelpful asrepparttar 126280 cues looked, they did relate lawfully torepparttar 126281 outcomes, butrepparttar 126282 relationship between cues and effects was deliberately such a complex and probabilistic function that evenrepparttar 126283 smartest person couldn’t figure it out. It was way too difficult for logic to unravel; that is, subjects would have to approach this task withoutrepparttar 126284 use ofrepparttar 126285 neocortex.

The researchers were right. No one figured it out, but that didn’t stop them from getting better atrepparttar 126286 system they couldn’t understand or describe! After just 50 trials,repparttar 126287 average subject was right 70% ofrepparttar 126288 time, which means, of course, that some were doing far better than that. What they were doing was gradually developing a feel forrepparttar 126289 situation and intuitively graspingrepparttar 126290 essence of what was going on.

We tend to believe that success can only come from understanding (viarepparttar 126291 neocortex), but in reality our marvelous brains, when presented with repetitive experiences, are able to extract unconsciouslyrepparttar 126292 rules that underlie them. “Such knowledge,” say Lewis, Amini, and Lannon, “develops with languorous ease and inevitability, stubbornly inexpressibly, never destined for translation into words.” Words being a neocortical ability.

Seven Ways to Access Peak Perfomance

Written by Susan Dunn, M. A.

1. Practice. Obviously if you want to learn to playrepparttar piano, you have to practice, but studies show that mental practice may be as important as physical practice. Visualize yourself performingrepparttar 126272 act you have in mind perfectly, and you'll come closer to it. Mental rehearsal can improve your self-confidence and your attitude toward what you want to do is very important. 2. Studies show that emotion plays a part in learning and memory. A basic example of this is touching a hot stove--it hurts, so you tend to learn it immediately and forever. Anxiety is another emotion that makes a difference, because if you're anxious you can't concentrate well. It stands to reason, therefore, that increasing your emotional intelligence (EQ)--your ability to handle your emotions and those of others--will affect your ability to learn and to perform.

Also learn to control your self-talk; it's crucial in your ability to learn and to perform. If you start out saying "I can't do this" or "I hate this" it's going to affect your ability to assimilate new information and to perform.

4. Strengthen your 'brain muscle' with exercise. Try HappyNeuron for some happy stimulation. Try new things. Work puzzles and mazes. Increase your reaction time.

Increase your flexibility by broadening into areas you aren't familiar with. Drive to work a new way. Dip into a field you know nothing about. Talk to someone you ordinarily wouldn't talk to. Learn a new language. 'You don't know what you don't know' so expand into those areas and find out what you really don't know.

Use it or lose it; your brain needs stimulation and new things. When you learn something new, you're actually forming new pathways. Give yourself plenty of "brain food." Take a course. Learn a new motor skill. Keep yourself out and about. Be open to trying and learning new things. Learning something new makes it easier to learn something new! And dorepparttar 126273 'meta-practice'--practice adjusting to new things.

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