- Psychiatric Annals
- December 2011 - Volume 41 · Issue 12: e1-e3
Intuition is an elusive phenomenon. There is still much to understand about it, such as what causes one person to be more intuitive than another. Is it something an individual is born with or something an individual must learn? What is known is that intuition is a way of perceiving the world that is fast, automatic, associative, and separate from reason. In its most extreme form, intuition is a psychic ability, a sixth sense. It occurs immediately, has an emotional aspect to it, and the individual experiencing it may not be conscious of it or be able to use language to describe the experience. Intuition is one means by which “weird” coincidences may be understood, yet little is understood about the relationship between them.
Sheryl Attig, PhD, MTS, is Instructor of Psychology, TriCounty Technical College, Pendleton, SC. Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Aurelio Jose Figueredo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. W. Jake Jacobs, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. K.C. Bryson, MSPH, is Research Analyst, TriCounty Technical College.
Drs. Attig, Schwartz, Figueredo, and Jacobs, and Ms. Bryson have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Address correspondence to: Sheryl Attig, PhD, MTS, TriCounty Technical College, P.O. Box 587, Pendleton, SC 29670; fax: 864-646-1898; email: .email@example.com