How the Smartest Minds Use Intuition and Emotional Intelligence to Make Better Decisions, Backed by Science - Deepstash

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According to economist Daniel Hakneman, "Intuition is thinking that you know what you know without knowing why you know it, and high emotional intelligence can make intuitive decisions even more accurate."

For example, scanning long checkout lines at the supermarket and deciding, without thinking too hard, which is likely to be the quickest. Or listening to someone speak for a few minutes and deciding if they are smart or not.

Depending on your level of emotional intelligence, your intuition will be more accurate.


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How Intuition Works

WIthout knowingly thinking about it, your unconscious brain starts working on a problem or decision. When you then try to make a conscious decision, your brain compares that decision with the one it already made.

  • If your unconscious agrees with your conscious decision, your brain gives you a reward response that feels good.
  • If your unconscious doesn't agree with your conscious decision, the decision seems logical but it doesn't feel right.

Intuition is when you make the right decision and your body knows it. If you make the wrong decision, your body knows it but you often can't explain why.


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Add Some Emotional Intelligence

Add Some Emotional Intelligence

A 2020 study found that people with lower levels of emotional intelligence are more likely to misread the signals in their bodies. They may mistake their body's "warning sign" for excitement.

When you have years of experience and thousands of hours of practice, your intuition will be more efficient.


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When to Trust Your Intuition

The better your emotional intelligence, the more likely you can accurately interpret your intuitive response.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you should feel confident about a particular intuition."

  1. Is this a regular, predictable environment? When something happens regularly, the outcomes become more predictable.
  2. Do I have extensive experience or practice? Accurate intuition comes from considerable practice.
  3. Have I gotten plenty of feedback? Without feedback, you won't know if intuition was right or wrong.


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