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According to cognitive neuroscientists, we are conscious of only about 5 percent of our cognitive activity, so most of our decisions, actions, emotions, and behavior depends on the 95 percent of brain activity that goes beyond our conscious awareness.
From the beating of our hearts to pushing the grocery cart and not smashing into the kitty litter, we rely on something that is called the adaptive unconscious, which is all the ways that our brains understand the world that the mind and the body must negotiate.
The adaptive unconscious makes it possible for us to, say, turn a corner in our car without having to go through elaborate calculations to determine the precise angle of the turn, the velocity of the automobile, the steering radius of the car. It is what can make us understand the correct meaning of statements like "prostitutes appeal to pope" or "children make nourishing snacks" without believing that they mean that the pope has an illicit life and cannibals are munching on children.
The author of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell, believes in the power of “rapid cognitions” to affect our decisions and develop into an adaptive consciousness. Blink explores these fascinating rapid cognitions which allow the brain to process information in the blink of an eye and reach correct conclusions
There is evidence that people around the world have believed in the existence and power of intuition dating back through antiquity and one can imagine that the earliest humans depended on it greatly for survival. Intuition has been pondered by great thinkers, scientists and philosophers – Aristotle, Kant, Einstein among them – relied upon by leaders of nations and, as a great number of the world’s people today will attest, is applied daily in a multitude of life’s decisions.
The Institute of HeartMath’s expanding interest in intuition has evolved naturally because of what is now believed to be an intimate relationship between the heart and the intuitive process – the perception or knowing things without conscious reasoning such as an event or act of nature that has yet to happen. As IHM researchers have conducted investigations over the years into stress and emotional management, heart intelligence, the heart-brain connection, heart-rhythm patterns and other areas, they have learned much about this process.
IHM researchers and others who explored intuition for more than a half century have expanded its definition to include not only conscious perception by the mind alone, but also by the body’s entire psychophysiological system. This perception often is evidenced by a range of emotions and measurable physiological changes exhibited or detected in the heart and throughout the body, according to the two-part HeartMath study on the Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition listed below. The conclusions drawn from this study include the following: "Overall, our data suggest that the heart and brain, together, are involved in receiving, processing, and decoding intuitive information. … (and) there is compelling evidence that the heart appears to receive intuitive information before the brain."
"The only real valuable thing is intuition."
—Albert Einstein, 1879-1955
Though modern scientific investigation of intuition dates back to the early part of the 20th century, research has steadily increased in recent decades. HeartMath, already internationally recognized for groundbreaking research related to stress, emotions and the heart, is committed to furthering scientific knowledge and understanding about the intuitive process. HeartMath tools, techniques and technology have been developed to enhance intuitive ability by helping you achieve heart coherence, a state in which the heart and brain and other bodily systems are in sync. In addition to the study mentioned above, HeartMath has been involved in a number of other intuition-related studies and papers, including the following:
Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 1.
The Surprising Role of the Heart
Lots more here~www.heartmath.org...
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You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)
You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)
You have slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%)
You have marginal or no preference of Judging over Perceiving (1%)