The graphic above illustrates that INSIGHT takes place primarily in
the RIGHT-FRONT region of the cerebral cortex. The cortex is where conscious
thought takes place. The RIGHT side associates images by feel, which
gives personal significance to memories. So thinking on the right side
is nonverbal, instinctive and subjective The FRONT part of the right
brain takes perceptions from the back partsights, sounds, and
body sensationsand relates them based on how you feel about them.
instance, you may notice a friend's posture and tone of voice, along
with the fact that she's under a lot of stress. Without consciously
trying to do so, you remember these three perceptionsthe posture,
the tone, and the stressful situationas a single pattern. Later,
experiencing any one of these images may trigger a meaningful association
with the other two. This is how insight tells you when something important
is going on.
is the mindframe of imagination. It enables you to:
Read nonverbal "body language"
aware of a person's individual traits
empathy for another person's situation
the characteristics of a human relationship
the merits of a work of art
one image with another
of a new solution
a possible future scenario
whether an action is ethically correct
the personal significance of something
a hunch that something is true, even without evidence
"alarm bells" of high risk or danger
and use beliefs to make decisions
some things to be more important than others
a personal commitment
isn't some kind of psychic power. It's simply the ability to "connect
the dots" all at once by seeing the pattern. You get a feel for
how the world works based on observation. You see a woman smile, and
you know she doesn't mean it. How? Instead of careful step-by-step reasoning
to reach that conclusion, you instantly recognize the special cues you've
learned to associate with insincerity. This intuition only seems mysterious
because it happens so fast.
answers questions of personal significance: "Is this right?"
"Is it fair?" and "How important is this?" It uses
the patterns drawn from past experience to assess the meaning of what's
happening right now. You form beliefs that "feel right." You
hold them as long as they continue to work for you. For instance, if
you've learned to recognize the signals, you may be able to tell when
a person is lying.
is a key mindframe for artists, designers, composers, performers, authors,
architects, theologians and counselors. The ability to associate is
also crucial to putting together a story, a poem, a song or a drawing.
It lets you enjoy, appreciate and interpret works of art. When you connect
the physical details of your experience, you discover their meaning.
You see patterns and sense significance. The wisdom you gain, such as
your understanding of people, isn't easily explained by logic.
examples show how the insightful part of your mind does its work: intuiting,
valuing and imagining. How much does the INSIGHT mindframe influence
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