Intuitive Intelligence improves our decision-making ability to solve problems quickly. This is a concept that goes against the current, because we have always thought that to make good decisions it is necessary to think carefully, not be in a hurry and analyze the pros and cons of the situation.
However, the truth is that in a society like ours, where there is an excess of information, having more data available is not always useful, but sometimes it can even confuse us or lead us to inertia. In fact, we all know that when we have many opportunities to choose from, our brain goes into a block, and since it is no longer able to handle so much data, it simply avoids deciding.
Intuitive Intelligence consists in letting consciously emerge all that we already know, in order to solve a problem and make decisions more quickly. It is not a matter of reasoning, but of knowing how to listen to our unconscious and our emotions.
In fact, while traditional intelligence involves a certain degree of reflection and elaboration, Intuitive Intelligence is based on the knowledge we have accumulated over the years and which we keep in the unconscious.
How reliable is Intuitive Intelligence?
Intuitive Intelligence has its bases in the emotional brain. When we are faced with situations that we must solve immediately, a series of images relating to the act in question are activated. In turn, these images recall emotional, painful or pleasurable memories that influence the decision to be made.
For example, when we have to decide whether to give our partner a second chance, inevitably, memories of past relationships are activated in our mind. Those memories pass before our eyes, like a movie, and the scale needle moves in one direction or the other. If the experiences have been positive, it is probable that we will decide to give it a second chance, if they are negative, maybe we will not do it.
This process occurs consciously, so we are generally able to explain the reasons for our decision. However, in some cases the process happens unconsciously. Below the threshold of consciousness a pre-selection mechanism is activated, which takes charge of examining the different options and deciding which ones will be sent to the conscience. In fact, this is the first selection mechanism, and takes care to bring out only the most convenient options. Thus our rational brain will not be overshadowed by too many alternatives, by an excessive number of options that it is impossible to manage.
However, this mechanism not only ensures that the rational brain works better and is not obstructed, but it also protects us. Our negative experiences are marked in our emotional brain. Therefore, the brain is responsible for excluding all those options that could damage us or reactivate that pain in some way.