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Intuition is knowledge of something without the conscious use of reasoning. The question of where intuitive knowledge comes from may be addressed from neurophysiological, spiritual, or philosophical perspectives. In some cases, hunches may be traced to the unconscious processing of immediate sensory input with previous knowledge. In other cases, the source of intuitive knowledge is not apparent. Two anecdotes about skiing and fears of avalanche potential illustrate these types of intuitive knowledge. For the administrator of an outdoor program or an outdoor leader in the field, intuition can increase effectiveness in the areas of problem solving, judgment and decision making, route finding, safety management and danger evaluation, assessment of student readiness for adventure activities, staff selection, and group processes. However, intuitive insights must be used in conjunction with logical thinking. Methods of developing intuition include overcoming obstacles such as the fear of looking ridiculous or irrational; thinking of one's intuition as a metaphorical helper; and practicing various techniques such as relaxation, listening to one's inner voice during deliberate periods of silence, paying attention to the symbolism in one's dreams, memory games, creative visualization, and meditation. Contains 11 references. (SV)

Descriptors: Adventure Education, Creative Thinking, Decision Making Skills, Foreign Countries, Intuition, Outdoor Leadership, Problem Solving, Safety

Author: Cook, Janice


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