Intuition and the Well Read Woman

A woman’s intuition is no farce, and this O! article by the esteemed Helen Fisher, PhD explains why exactly.

What we call intuition is actually an anatomical instinct. It’s developed through our repeated observations, subconsciously linked into patterns by our brains thus,  that expectant feeling before we hit an idea or anticipate a moment is actually programmed within us, not some external existential being.

For women in particular, these intuitive instincts have served in child rearing. Especially with infants, women historically needed to make quick, comprehensive assessments in order to ensure survival for their babies. Dr. Fisher says this manifests today in women’s exceptional abilities to read people.

It’s not fool proof, she warns, but intuition is not dismissable either. Certain decisions are better suited for taking intuition into consideration than others, namely financial and health matters.

As far as I’m concerned, readers have a tremendous advantage here. Written works provide insight into the author’s observations, perceptions; his patterns become characters or recollections that the reader can repossess. A historical novel or a memoir exposes the otherwise unaware to figures and ideations that can contribute to their own notions of reality, influencing their projections. A well read woman enhances her inherited intuition by collecting observations by people, of places and things, beyond her limits of experience.

Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist in New York. I first learned about her work when she gave a presentation to a company I was working for. The subject at the time was the science of attraction, and she held a captive co-ed audience for hours talking about love and compatibility and human interactions. Her work is topical and fascinating, and I recommend  perusing her articles on romance and relationships.

For the original article, click here.

Dr. Helen Fisher on Twitter.

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