During our life, we are regularly confronted with a multitude of situations that are not governed by reason.
We can think, for example, of those people we are more likely to trust, those professions where the pressure is such that it forces us to make quick decisions, to those artists who, after a long period of emptiness, suddenly find themselves inspiration …
How can one explain that? What is behind these acts that are not necessarily related to reason? Are these intuitions, presentiments?
Recent studies have highlighted the importance of the unconscious
A group of neurologists and psychologists from Yale, Princeton and Harvard universities, such as John A. Bargh, are developing a new conception of the unconscious that gives presentiments a hitherto unsuspected power.
Mental processes such as intuitions, premonitions, visions, etc., are associated with the unconscious, which is responsible not only for the majority of the decisions we make, but also for all those decisions that require some sophistication or complexity of the cognitive processes involved.
The intuitions is a very dense field of study that still has plenty to teach us.
For some time now we have been talking about a concept called "neuroeconomics", a tendency to think that it is better to make an economic decision based on emotions rather than calculationsto his intuitions rather than reports, predictions rather than technical analyzes.
In his book titled Instinctive decisions, social psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer shows through various examples how instinct takes over reason in these situations where everything seems to be perfectly under control, but sometimes the reasoning paralyzes.
When we assimilate too much information in order to understand a reality, the latter finally tends to become incomprehensible. As the popular saying goes, "sometimes a tree can hide a forest".
Can we trust our presentiments?
Think for example of all these things that one undertakes, and without knowing why, one knows that one will succeed, and they finally end up with a success.
Must we give more importance to the caprice of our heart than to the level of our brain? It is impossible to say with certainty.
In his book titled The strength of intuitionGladwell explains that intuition is precisely that brain's rapid cognitive ability to formulate instant judgments. So it's not as rushed as one might think.
Although some of our intuitions are mere presentiments, without any solid foundation, others result from complex mental processes.
Feelings can also be considered small backpacks where our past experiences, our memories, our personality and all its facets, help us make a decision.
"Do I get married to this person, do I have to leave this job and change careers?"
If our presentiment is affirmative, it will be absolutely not due to an unfounded or irrational act, but to a whole, a block of information stored in our unconscious (like a sophisticated library) that will allow us to give a quick answer, after a brief evaluation.
So why not consider it?