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Merging Intellect with Intuition to Solve Problems






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Q. Is there a way to merge intuition and intellect when solving problems? 

A. I tend to see almost every aspect of life as a sort of game. I do this by applying game theory, an idea that has garnered over 15 Nobel Prizes.

In applied game thinking, whenever possible it is best to solve problems through inductive and deductive reasoning or at the very minimum focused on logical and rational models. Many problems, such as ones best addressed through pattern language are built around paradox, contradiction, and ambiguity. With these problems the more a logical the approach the less likely one is to find solutions.  Here, it is the ability to immediately access and apprehend intuitive knowledge without the use of reason that will make the resolution of a problem obvious. Intuition implies the ability to understand something immediately through instinctive feeling, without the need for conscious reasoning.

How can we intentionally connect to our intuition? Intuition may show up in many forms but researchers find that it is generally experienced in three specific ways, through:

  1.  Physical sensations (kinesthetic)
  2.  Emotions and feelings
  3. .Symbols and images (mental)


Some individuals can see an indicator (a cue) or indicators in a particular environment where a wise and reasonable reaction or decision would be needed. This would automatically bring intuition into play. There is no use in seeking a logical explanation here. An individual with great intuitive gifts cannot explain what their intuitive experience is like. The more intuitive an individual is the less likely they are to be able to describe why they reacted or what prompted them at the time of the event to tap into their intuition. Some highly intuitive individuals can retrospectively plot their daily actions by recognizing clear and present cues and informational signals in the surrounding environment – cues that a less intuitive individual would never notice. Such an individual can make relatively fast decisions without having to compare options. And when presented with time pressures, high risk, and a changing environment, they can use intuition to identify similar situations and choose feasible solutions.

Most intuitives have the ability to recognize cues. Cues are types of signals. Some individuals are able to subconsciously recognize nonverbal facial cues (signals) and body language in others and respond quickly to these cues without much rational thought.

Logical problem-solving and intuitive approaches do not need to be in conflict. There are ways of integrating a systematic approach to making a decision with an intuitive approach. Two of the most well-known ways of doing this are the Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) model and Decision Analysis or D. A.

The Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) model is a blend of intuition and analysis and explains how people can make relatively quick decisions without the need to compare the various options available to them. In the Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD)  an individual with expertise in a specific area of knowledge or experience may transcend the limitations presented by time pressures, extreme risk, and ever-changing boundaries and ground rules. Such an individual is able to accomplish this by using their life experience to identify and model similar situations and obstacles and intuitively choose the easiest and most feasible solutions.



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