Posted by: Fact of the Day | 2006/03/31

Fact of the Day

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. -- Albert Einstein

Fact of the Day:
Remarkable, scientifically-based advice for anyone who is struggling to make a difficult decision: Stop thinking about it. For relatively simple decisions, researchers at University of Amsterdam found that it is better to use the rational approach. But the conscious mind can consider only a few facts at a time. And so with complex decisions, like buying a house, the unconscious appears to do a better job of weighing the factors and arriving at a sound conclusion. A person can pay attention to only a limited amount of information at once, which can lead people to focus on just a few factors and lose the bigger picture. The unconscious is better at integrating large amounts of information.

Be The Change:
Trust your intuitive mind. Experiment with a complex decision by gathering all the information, but then deciding only after having put the decision out of mind for a while.

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Our expert says:
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I always use my intuition, especially in problem-solving, as the Hutch researchers suggest --- but it's important to stock the unconscious mind with the relevant facts and information, then --- as in the old advice to "sleep on it", give it time to mature, ferment, and turn up something interesting

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