In the first place we have to say that these two types of profiles, intuitive and rational, are not at all exclusive. All of us are capable of using both aspects of thought.
This is the reason why, for example, the experts always tell us that the best way to reach a decision is through intuition, but we often pass it through the “filter” of the rational to qualify and analyze it a little more, before dare to come to a conclusion.
But now, it is common that personality differences exist, people who are more inclined to let themselves be carried away by hunches, rather than by a detailed analysis of the information to decide something.
To act, to decide, to choose. Are women perhaps more intuitive and men a little more rational, as many studies claim? Valóralo yourself by the following clarifications. We are sure that there are many interindividual differences, and not only in terms of gender.
What happens when you are intuitive?
Hearts, hunches, feelings… there are many ways to label, so to speak, this dimension. It is often said that one of the main difficulties of intuition is sometimes the difficulty we usually have to explain what we feel. Because thoughts come to us basically in the form of sensations and emotions.
That is why we often distrust them because we think it is something “instinctive”, a premonition or even a simple “hunch”. But do not make mistakes.
What basically happens is that information comes to us in a very abstract way, like a diffuse picture that we have not completely clarified at all. We have the answer to that decision, we know what we should do but “we can not explain why”.
Is intuitive thought then something “irrational”? Absolutely. Keep in mind that an intuitive process, first needs a rational analysis of the matter that concerns us. We usually observe, meditate, obtain information, then let it incubate on one side of our brain and dedicate ourselves to other tasks.
But the information is still there, latent. And when we need it, we make a value judgment and an analysis so extremely fast that we are hardly aware, hence the feeling “of something abstract”, something that we can not explain with words.
We make decisions based on a very quick prior analysis, that is, we do not invent things or we are governed solely by emotions. The throats have a foundation. But beware, keep in mind that, being so fast, they are not always safe.
Sometimes, our hunches fail. We rush. There, then, would be the difference with those more “rational” people.
Rational thinking is based on conscious information, what you see, what you have observed, read, heard and experienced.
They tend to be very cautious when it comes to making an assessment or making a decision, hence this type of thinking is much slower and more meticulous. He does not like to make mistakes and, although he values part of his own intuitions, prefers to pass them through a “quality” control, so to speak.
Sometimes they are much more cautious and prudent personalities who fear risk and prefer to play it safe. They look for options and contrast information, also using their own experience.
Unlike someone more intuitive, the rationals can better verbalize their ideas and their thoughts, because it is as if they had oppressed the “pause”, their flow of thoughts to observe carefully that slide.
An intuitive, on the other hand, have a cumulus of scenes, a whole movie. It may even have much more information than the rational, hence they issue a very quick value judgment where first of all, the imprint of the sensation remains.
“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain the way, but simply points it out.”
-Florence Scovel Shinn-
Intuition or reason
But then what kind of thinking is the most correct and useful? The reality is that both are equally correct, but intuition is, without a doubt, a faster way to make a decision, and today our news requires this type of response.
It is very difficult that we can obtain all the necessary data of something to give an exquisitely “rational” answer, we must act with what little we have. That is the lagoon of rational thought.