Intuitive people: the 8 characteristics that give them away
Introversion, kindness, neuroticism ... many of the personality traits with which psychologists work are well defined and relatively easy to recognize where they occur. However, there are other psychological aspects that are more subtle and that, consequently, can appear under a multitude of forms.
With intuitive people, that is exactly the case, because what they stand out most, paradoxically, goes unnoticed by most people. And in this case what is striking is something very discreet: the psychological processes that lead to act in one way or another and that, if we pay attention, we talk about the emotional character of who owns them. However… What are the basic characteristics of intuitive people? Let's see it
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How to recognize intuitive people
These are the traits and habits that define intuitive people on a day-to-day basis.
1. They try to see things as a whole, not through their pieces
Possibly one of the main characteristics of intuitive people is that they try to reach a degree of holistic understanding of things . That means that instead of analyzing what happens decomposing it by its parts.
2. Value the importance of feelings when making decisions
No person becomes intuitive if he does not practice the habit of giving importance to his most irrational side. That's why intuitive people they do not see as a weakness the fact of yielding to the pretensions of emotion and feeling .
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3. They have a predilection for "feminine" knowledge disciplines
Throughout the history of mankind, certain areas of knowledge have existed that have been considered feminine and, therefore, not worthy of the attention of intellectual life. That is, the pieces of sophisticated culture could not belong to the realm of the feminine.
However, exceptionally intuitive people tend not to exclude these disciplines from their focus of interest.
Moreover, they tend to enjoy these areas normally rejected by men, for two simple reasons: because there is no reason to do otherwise, and because they offer activities more based on feelings and understanding among human beings than in pure theory.
4. They are very empathic
Another of the great characteristics of intuitive people is that they connect easily with others, at least emotionally. This is because they have a good ability to recognize the signals that the other sends, deliberately or not, about their emotional state.
Thus, among empathic persons and their interlocutors a special connection is established , since we have much more in mind non-verbal language, which conveys nuances about the emotional state in which we find ourselves.
5. Your focus of attention focuses out
Just as some people tend to introspection, to elaborate fantasies and to reflect in quiet places, intuitive people they usually put their focus of attention outward , that is, towards their environment and who is in it.
This does not mean that they are very sociable or that they have very good conversational skills, as would be expected from someone who enjoys having a rich social life. What it does mean is that these people direct their thinking towards what they perceive from the environment, rather than in very abstract memories and concepts.
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6. They know how to live in the here and now
To be open to new situations and be guided by intuitions, it is necessary not to carry psychological and emotional burdens that make us lose sight of what is happening in real time. And is that phenomena such as rumination are able to focus our attention on past experiences, usually obsessively and with feelings linked to remorse and frustration.
So, intuitive people develop the necessary Emotional Intelligence competencies to fall as little as possible in this type of ballast and have an awakened mind for as long as possible.
7. Do not fear uncertainty
To be an intuitive person it is necessary to tolerate uncertainty, since otherwise it is unlikely that decisions are made from hunches (at least consciously). Thus, the management of the possible anxiety that produces the doubts and the fear to be wrong can not become something that paralyzes completely.
8. Develop projects in coherence with their visions
It is not about visions in the mystical sense of the term, of course, but rather as a reflection of what you aspire to, what you want to achieve after a long time of work.
As intuitive people base many of their most important decisions on emotions, that means that the evolution of their projects also it depends on your degree of emotional involvement at each stage of development .