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But increasingly, she couldn’t help thinking that perhaps there was something ultimately inexplicable about all of this; that even when explanations were found, there would always be more to decipher, to unravel, to undo . . . like a knot. But not exactly. When one undid a knot, it didn’t explain the knot; it just made the knot cease to exist. –Tiffany Tsao, The Oddfits

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who knows something is not right, but must investigate to find out what it is.

Journaling Prompt: What is your intuition telling you right now?

Art Prompt: Perplexing

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how they can benefit from listening to their intuition.

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Nervous Bride

“People think everybody has premarital doubts and you don’t have to worry about them,” said Justin Lavner, a UCLA doctoral candidate in psychology and lead author of the study. “We found they are common but not benign. Newlywed wives who had doubts about getting married before their wedding were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts. Among couples still married after four years, husbands and wives with doubts were significantly less satisfied with their marriage than those without doubts.
“You know yourself, your partner and your relationship better than anybody else does; if you’re feeling nervous about it, pay attention to that,” he added. “It’s worth exploring what you’re nervous about.” –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a nervous bride who has a right to be nervous.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you had doubts about a relationship. How did you respond? What happened?

Art Prompt: Nervous Bride

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write a humorous piece about premarital jitters.

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Your Intuition

…cognitive scientists have discovered that the human brain has roughly two different ways of forming judgments: intuition and reflection. (They’re also called “System 1” and “System 2.”) Our intuition uses shortcuts and emotional cues, while reflection is what allows us to plan ahead and to reason abstractly about things like math, logic, and hypotheticals.

And it’s a common misconception that being unbiased means only using reflection. But in fact, your intuition is invaluable! Without its shortcuts, we’d go crazy trying to reflect carefully on every single little decision. And without its emotional cues, we’d be rudderless – we wouldn’t know what we cared about.
So it’s more accurate to think of “biases” as cases of imperfectly coordinating your intuition and reflection. – Julia Galef

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. How open to intuition is your character? How does it affect his or her decisions?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you followed or failed to follow your intuition. What happened? What did you learn?

Art Prompt: Intuition

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the use of intuition vs. planning in business or in relationships.

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Abstract Family

“When we rely on our feelings, what feels ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ summarizes all the knowledge and information that we have acquired consciously and unconsciously about the world around us. It is this cumulative knowledge, which our feelings summarize for us, that allows us make better predictions. In a sense, our feelings give us access to a privileged window of knowledge and information — a window that a more analytical form of reasoning blocks us from.”

In accordance with the privileged window hypothesis, the researchers caution that some amount of relevant knowledge appears to be required to more accurately forecast the future. For example, in one study participants were asked to predict the weather. While participants who trusted their feelings were again better able to predict the weather, they were only able to do so for the weather in their own zip codes, not for the weather in Beijing or Melbourne. Professor Leonard Lee explains this is because “…they don’t possess a knowledge base that would help them to make those predictions.” As another example, only participants who had some background knowledge about the current football season benefited from trust in feelings in predicting the winner of the national college football BCS game.

Thus, if we have a proper knowledge base, the future need not be totally indecipherable if we simply learn to trust our feelings. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene about a character who is in touch with his or her feelings and is able to predict the futures of friends and family.

Journaling Prompt: How does journaling help you listen to your feelings?

Art Prompt: Intuition

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