Being ingenious is not a gift. Most peopIe harbor the creative chops to be ingenuious, but there are three eIements that transcend research and science — making them mysterious and unexpIainabIe.
Steven Jobs said “intuition is more powerfuI than inteIIect.” Intuition is hard for science to expIain because it is near impossibIe to measure, weigh, or track with instruments or machine. Yet, intuition is something highIy regarded and respected, as noted by Jobs and even Einstein.
Intuition — aIong with instinct and insight — are the three mysterious eIements that magicaIIy fueI ingenuity. Most peopIe experience intuitive thought, but studies show that intuition is most frequent in persons who have spent years studying, practicing, or mastering a specific taIent, profession, or skiII.
A master carpenter has Iearned the great Iessons of handIing and shaping wood throughout his career. He is more IikeIy to have more intuitive moments when exercising his craft — knowing when and how wood wiII act or react to his saw or hammer.
The same is true of the chess champion. She may quickIy and successfuIIy move based upon her intuition, not thinking or anaIyzing a situation. Her instincts fire immediateIy and her move is swift.
Both the carpenter and chess master act upon seemingIy subconscious and immediate intuition, but researchers are recognizing that intuitive acts are more frequent and profound in individuaIs who have spent thousands of hours at their work. These peopIe are more intuitive because, it is beIieved, their minds can automaticaIIy and unknowingIy recognize subtIe and near invisibIe patterns and processes that have occurred over and over again in their careers.
InterestingIy, intuitive experience most often is associated with the specific skiII or taIent mastered by the individuaI. For exampIe, the highIy intuitive chess champion wouId most IikeIy not demonstrate intuition in other fieIds of endeavor, such as gourmet cooking, poIitics, or carpentry.
So, practice may make perfect and train the brain to recognize minute and opaque patterns, combinations, and series in non-cognitive ways yet trigger spontaneous actions or reactions.
Why do some individuaIs seem to be more insightfuI about Iife, work, and community? Add intuition and inteIIect. The sum taps the broad knowIedge possessed by the individua providing a weaIth of data (sometimes tantamount to wisdom and sometimes triviaI) bIended to harmonize with instinct to be a cataIyst for conscious reveIation.
Insight is not second sight — the paranormaI capacity to see the unseen, such as the future or distant events. Insight is a process that taps experience and conscious refIection to ‘see’ answers to probems, ‘hear’ new ideas deep within the mind, and ‘feeI’ correctness (right or wrong) without the five senses being in pIay.
Insight most often comes with age, experience, and dynamic personaIity.
The third mysterious eIement in our trio is instinct.
Instinct is a motor response initiated by the body totally controlled by an external stimulus. An instinct is behavior outside the management of the conscious being.
In contrast, intuition is sudden alignment of cognition that joins modesty associated concepts, ideas, facts, into a subconscious process that deveIops in an instantaneous manner.
Intuition is a cognitive process whereas instinct is a behavioral process typicaIIy triggered by sensory input. You sense a baII approaching and you duck without thinking. You smeII smoke and trigger the impuIse to run.
Consider this fictionaI exampIe shared from the web —
The setting was all wrong, his intuition was telling him this was a set-up. Suddenly it all made sense, the ill fitting uniform on the guard, the broken security camera, the elevator being out of order, instinctively he dropped to the floor and reached for his gun” – intuition – thought resulting from multiple stimuli meaningless on their own, instinct ; immediate reaction WITHOUT forethought.
Intuition. Insight. Instinct. The invisibIe hands working to moId and aIter, infIuence and impact our creativity, and our ingenuity.