Handbook of Intuition Research
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Handbook of Intuition Research

Edited by Marta Sinclair

This groundbreaking interdisciplinary Handbook showcases the latest intuition research, providing an integrated framework that reconciles opposing views on what intuition is and how it works. The internationally renowned group of contributors explores different facets of the intuiting process and its outcome, the role of consciousness and affect in intuition, and alternate ways of capturing it. They tackle the function of intuition in expertise, strategy, entrepreneurship, and ethics and outline intuitive decision-making in the legal profession, medicine, film and wine industry, and teaching. The Handbook pushes the boundaries of our current understanding by exploring the possibility of non-local intuition based on the principles of quantum holography and investigating new techniques for developing intuitive skills.
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Chapter 1: An Integrated Framework of Intuition

Marta Sinclair


Marta Sinclair One of the reasons why conceptualizations of intuition vary so much is the absence of a comprehensive, overarching framework that would reconcile different views. This void is particularly worrying as individual interpretations often do not contradict but rather focus on specific aspects of intuition, oblivious to the big picture in which they are all embedded. Hence, there is a need for a unifying framework that outlines the relationships of discordant views rather than disqualifying them. In other words, instead of having a debate about what is not intuition, we shall shift our focus to how various perspectives complement each other. Creating such a framework requires that we view the construct in its broadest sense as ‘direct knowing’. This is, in a way, a return to the original understanding of intuition (Behling & Eckel, 1991; Osbeck, 2001), before we started exploring and defining it in modern times – in an attempt to grasp it. But somewhere along the way we got lost in the myriad of qualifying factors. It is time to reclaim the big picture that will allow us to examine not only different perspectives but also how they relate to each other – and possibly interact. This ‘return to basics’ will free us to think about intuition in new, fresh terms. This is a rather speculative chapter, the labels and categories are tentative, and most links are yet to be developed. Some boxes are still empty, waiting for results from future studies. I hereby invite colleague researchers to fill in...

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