You may have been told that you don’t think before you say or decide something, as if that were an insult. Indeed, it could be a virtue, if you have learned to use your intuitive intelligence.
Until a few decades ago, there was not much knowledge about intelligence. For example, we understood intelligence as the ability to solve logical problems. Until a theory was put forward that astonished everyone: the theory of multiple intelligences.
Scientists noticed that humans had far more abilities and intelligence than just the ability to solve an equation or string together a series of expressions. In addition, in recent years a lot of research has been done on the concept of multiple intelligences. This theory relates to the way we make our decisions.
As Freud said, the decisions that really matter in our lives, such as the decision for a partner or a job, should be governed by the laws of nature, by our intuition.
What does this mean? That if we trust our intuition and not reason, if we keep practice in mind not theory, if we don’t let fear and uncertainty control us, our decisions will never be inherently ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.
Often we ignore the emotions that arise from our innermost being, because we prefer to pay attention to what reason tells us. Why does our mind have to decide? Couldn’t our hearts be right?
Intuitive intelligence: thinking with your emotions
The theory of multiple intelligences came about thanks to Malcolm Gladwell, a sociologist of Canadian descent. He argues that we have the ability to apply a certain logic to situations based on our experiences, which are in reality fleeting and subjective . But we are also able to determine within a short time, in the blink of an eye, what really matters. This is intuitive intelligence.
Unlike the classic method of making decisions – analyzing each option to see whether it is right or wrong – this sociologist invites us to decide without thinking too much. Or rather, to make decisions based on our emotions and experiences rather than our reason or the beliefs we have been taught before.
Having more information is not always beneficial for making a decision. We could re-analyze something twenty times over, collect even more information, ask others for their opinion, do research, or go into the middle of nowhere to think about it, but this is no guarantee of success or making the right decision.
According to the theory of multiple intelligences, time and careful analysis can actually work against us by causing confusion or even boredom during the process. This is how you make a wrong decision; the brain ‘blocks’ itself.
We could compare our brains to a server. What happens if you open too many windows and try to do 20 tasks at once? Exactly, the computer freezes. The same thing happens in your brain when you expose it to too much information or too much pressure.
Another clear example that will help us understand the theory of multiple intelligences is when we have a craving for something sweet. We go to the store and find an enormous amount of candies and chocolate. We could take hours to make a decision… However, if we instead open our fridge at home, which (if we’re lucky) contains two kinds of sweets, we’ll spend a lot less time making a decision and more time to enjoy the goodies.
We can apply the principles of multiple intelligences by ‘being open’ to them . By learning to recognize the messages or signs that your emotions give you and by letting yourself, every now and then, get carried away.