So, if you're thinking, intuition has nothing to do with intelligence, then you're not alone.
Intuition is a form of intelligence but it needs to go along with other facts.
Those who already possess intellectual curiosity and are willing to work hard to learn more are definitely intelligent.
Because intuition is so difficult to measure and observe.
The dictionary definition of intuition is as follows:
"the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning."
Intuition is our first instinct; it's what we feel right away before the mind has time to come in and consciously analyze.
Often times we hear of people who are near death, and everything becomes clear and they just instinctively know exactly what needs to be done to get themselves out of the situation; there is no time to hum and haw and weigh options, and intuition takes over if we let it.
You can’t just sit around and wait for knowledge to strike you.
The drive to explore a topic and look at all its aspects is necessary.
When your intuition gives you a hunch then, that is definitely a form of intelligence and a very important one at that.
One way to understand intuition is by looking at it as having a grasp on collective intelligence. If we look at the way the world wide web is put together, the organization of sites depends on intuition so that users are able to have a better understanding of their working and can easily find their way around. It took years to develop this concept of removing unnecessary information to be understood. The internet used to be fairly chaotic earlier.
According to Theo Humphries, for a design to be true based on intuition, it must be capable of being understood even when there are no tutorials.
Users must be able to get a sense of it because it must be part of the collective intelligence that we all share.
You know when you get that "gut feeling" that maybe something isn't right?
That is your intuition, and while we feel it in our gut or stomach area, many people often argue it comes from the heart.
In fact, a documentary called The Power Of The Heart explains how this feeling is actually coming from the heart, and the heart is always the first to react to any given situation.
The heart intuitively knows what's up.
Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and author of the book Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, claims to be both intuitive and rational.
"In my scientific work, I have hunches. I can't explain always why I think a certain path is the right way, but I need to trust it and go ahead. I also have the ability to check these hunches and find out what they are about. That's the science part.
Now, in private life, I rely on instinct. For instance, when I first met my wife, I didn't do computations. Nor did she."
Intuition itself doesn't equal intelligence, but intuition with action most certainly can be intelligent.
You've probably said it to yourself before, I knew that was the answer; I should have gone with my first instinct.
You see, this is an example of how your intuition often knows what your conscious mind does not.
But just as Gigerenzer says, he tests his first instinct to see if it was correct and often time it is.
So, intuition does hold some form of intelligence.
So, despite often having that great idea, do you find that you have a difficult time trusting this answer or path is correct?
Most of us would have heard of Einstein’s theory on intuition. He believed that intuition was a gift and rationality a servant.
Society tends to praise the servant but it forgets that the gift exists.
There are times when your rationality can lead you down the wrong path so you’ll need your intuition to bring you back on track.
If you feel like something is wrong, it is your intuitive mind warning you that you need to think in a different manner.
Those who are intelligent pay attention to these warnings.
The best among us use this gut instinct to take big risks and they are the ones who are truly successful.
Disciplining your intuition is the key.
When intuition and discipline go hand in hand, extraordinary results can be achieved.
The basics of any subject need to be learned, logic must be sought after, and your intelligence needs to be exercised for your intuition to be truly powerful.
The more you study, the sharper your intuition will be.
The amazing thing about intuition is that it can be thought of as a muscle. Every time you use it and trust it, it becomes stronger.
You can’t just laze around and then be offended when others aren’t trusting of your gut instincts because they’re then just a shot in the dark.
Therefore, if you feel your intuition isn't very clear, try strengthening this muscle.
Try acting on the first thought you have, and see how often it leads you where you need to go, or gives you the right answer.
You may be pleasantly surprised.