Sara Griffiths is a writer for The Daily Mail in the U.K. She wrote this article.
Lower exposure to testosterone in the womb gives females an extra ‘sense’
- Scientists describe intuition as automatic, unconscious thought, while reflexive thought requires conscious analysis and takes more effort
- A University of Granada-led study carried out a test on 600 students to see whether men are less intuitive than women
- They looked at the ‘digital ratio’ – an indication of prenatal testosterone levels – that compares the length of two fingers
- Men have a lower ratio and responded in a more reflexive way in the test, while women gave more intuitive answers indicating intuition is biological
That said, some men have low testosterone and some women have it higher. So, the issue is not gender but testosterone level.
Scientists describe intuition as thoughts that are processed unconsciously and automatically, requiring little cognitive effort, while reflexive thought requires conscious analysis and takes more effort. Intuitive thoughts are considered to be more emotional, while analytical thoughts are more rational.
The last suggestion is incorrect and a false dichotomy. It’s actually been proven that reductionist, rational analysis is slower and less efficient. Intuition is emotional and rational but the person doesn’t indulge in either one. Both of those just flow like a river. The intuition uses the entire brain, both hemispheres, left and right, rational and creative to illuminate reason. Intuition is a high level of reasoning. Intuitive people also have higher intelligence and reasoning ability.
It is repression or denial of emotion that shuts off reasoning ability. Emotions have been proven to be uploaded to every cell of the body via the amino acid peptides. Your body has to read what’s going on emotionally or you could die. If you’re engaging in an activity or thought pattern that is destructive and you don’t allow your body to read it’s emotion in response to it, you’re in danger. Men do this all the time with their bodies and drop over. It’s also part of post-war PTSD. They pump up their testosterone to overstep their intuition and it essentially makes them lose their mind. Of course, women do it to trying to have more power in a patriarchal system. They think that mimicking men will make them better than everyone else but not very many women do because it’s SO antithesis to our natural body flow.
Intuitive thinking is quicker and makes more sense. All men and women need to hone their intuition to increase their intelligence and reasoning ability. It’s a no-brainer. Or shall I say, a whole-brainer?