Updated: Oct 27, 2020
It's likely INTPs push away intuition because intuitive experiences can be intense emotional experiences, which get labeled as irrational and unhelpful at a distance. Why would I just go and do something not knowing the outcome? How does that make any sense? Sounds dangerous. But for how much INTPs cling to rational thinking there needs to be a balancing point of letting go. Letting go is when this magic happens. But for an INTP, not being able to explain what's happening or how you figured something out can be distressing. Just "knowing" isn't as satisfying as your conscious mind knowing why you know what you know. I mean, that's why I'm even exploring this explanation of intuition. We love the conscious space, exploring its nooks and crannies. It's what makes us feel smart...being in control. Accepting an unconscious background intuitive process seems completely irrational, woo-woo, feelery, and nonsensical. I "should" be able to track A to B to C to D and consciously squeeze it out of my brain. But it's less of a squeezing and more of a trusting and flowing. Intuition is an allowance of our brain to do its magic. In essence, it's a practice of getting out of our own way to let the pieces fall into place. But because we're so conscious and in control, intuition seems terrifying. What if I believe something I can't explain? How will I know that I can figure it out without a plan, strategy, or knowing everything that is going to happen? Will I be okay? Will I look stupid if I can't figure it out? What if I ask a dumb question? There are no dumb questions. Intuition is a style of learning, which means that anything that comes to mind is not automatically true. You still work it out, still hypothesize, still test and continue to adapt. But you need new chaos to organize and integrate for fulfillment. Avoiding intuition is like continuing to slice a ham into as many thin pieces as possible instead of putting a new ham on the slicer thing. At some point, it becomes absurd to keep slicing and you'll hurt yourself. Replace that metaphor with veggies if not keen on deli meats. And I get it. It's difficult to trust yourself. It's hard to believe that our minds can do what it does. That's often why the intuitive process is interpreted as religious, spiritual, cosmic, or attributed to the collective unconscious. It "must" to be other, it "can't be me."Alan Watts spoke quite a bit about God being us and we being God. I think much of our intuitive growth is an acceptance of this feeling. Not to give you a God complex because you're not God but also are. It's complicated. Stay with me. Religion or spirituality can give us a grounding point to explore and trust our intuition if that's what you need. And something external makes sense, even if irrational, as it's still more rational or even more morally acceptable than attributing this magic to ourselves. To think it's our own mind connecting the dots, creating the sense of wonder, creating connections, and/or having ideas come to us so effortlessly...feels kinda wrong. I think that's because we're a bit attached to having to work for an answer to make sense. But intuition is our mind asking questions, excited about possibilities, creating curiosities about the future, noticing the nuances of life, making bold visions, and giving us the chemical hits we need to go forward despite not actually knowing what the future holds. -----
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