What is intuition and how does it relate to the gifted individual?

This post comes out of a comment I made on someone’s blog today. I think it’s important to keep track of some of these interesting discussions I have been having lately. I don’t want to lose track of the ideas that are generated from some of the conversations I am enjoying while talking to others.


From wikipedia –

Intuition [as it relates to knowledge] comes from the comes from the Latin word ‘intueri’, which is often roughly translated as meaning ‘to look inside’ or ‘to contemplate’.

In psychology, intuition can encompass the ability to know valid solutions to problems and decision making. For example, the recognition primed decision (RPD) model was described by Gary Klein in order to explain how people can make relatively fast decisions without having to compare options.

Intuitive thinking in the gifted mind, in particular, the profoundly gifted mind, is just that…NOT having “the capacity to see all the information upon speaking”. Profoundly gifted individuals don’t need all the information in order to see the big picture, make an accurate decision, come up with an accurate solution.

here’s something to think about:
Johnathon’s Corner: Mindstorm

[To be clear, I don’t think I’m profoundly gifted, I’m just profoundly curious about those who are profoundly gifted].

“…where the moderately gifted person has a “skill collection”, the profoundly gifted individual has what might as well be magic powers—

Profoundly gifted individuals have been known to do things like reinventing the steam engine at age six. Some of them can walk into a room and in an instant infer what kind of presentation is going to be given, and what kind of organization is going to give it. They have been known to make penetrating observations of connections between vastly different disciplines. Some have written a book in a week. Others remember everything they have read. Verbatim. Another still has invented a crude physics and using it to solve problems before she was old enough to talk. It’s entirely plausible for a profoundly gifted individual to think for a few hours about a philosophical school he’s just read about, and have a better grasp of the assumptions and implications surrounding that school than scholars who have studied the discipline for years. Many accomplishments are less extreme than that. Some are more extreme. I said that they might as well be magic powers because they are no more believable to many people than levitation or fairies granting wishes. Moderately gifted achievements are envied. Profoundly gifted achievements are disbelieved, and one social lesson the profoundly gifted learn is that there are certain accomplishments that you don’t talk about… which feels the way most people would feel if people were shocked and offended when they tried to say, “I can read,” or for that matter, “I can breathe.”

Intuition is ABSOLUTELY about not having all the information spelled out AND still leaping across that chasm to make astute observations that defy all logic. How could one KNOW something WITHOUT all the information. Impossible, isn’t it? Not for the profoundly gifted.

This is where I should pull a quote from the book Tesla: Man Out of Time to support my point…but it’s time for dinner. I will be back to do that when I can.

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4 Responses to What is intuition and how does it relate to the gifted individual?

  1. raisingsmartgirls says:


  2. Lynn says:

    this helped me to understand why I do what I do at times and think the way I think. Thanks

  3. raisingsmartgirls says:

    I’m glad, Lynn.

    Enjoy the gift you possess.



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