We need intuition to take in (or apprehend) the character of a person. In faculty-speak, intuition is a device of the unconscious. We perceive the “accent, clothes, build, expression, complexion, voice, stance, gestures, the regional, social, and class clues” in an entirety, in a single gestalt of understanding. In fact, language is effete when it comes to describe our perceptions of people as we would need an incredible number of words to describe the impressions, understandings, and insights that the senses take in as a single gestalt.
Most people cannot ‘say’ what the person before them is like, but being unable to ‘say’ does not imply that one is unable to see. Jose Ortega y Gasset
The opposite of Intuition is a purposeful asssessment of another person or groups of people. A clinical dissection of their heredity, ethnicity, or character. “How they are is who they are, and not what they are said to be by types and classes.”
Even though we may not be aware of the ramifications of a situation or problem, we have a global felt sense. Ask yourself how a problem in your life feels right now, aside from your familiar thoughts and feelings about it. It usually is a fuzzy, feeling-texture (feeling tone). This is the felt sense—the wider way your body holds or knows the many aspects of a situation all at once: subverbally, holistically, intuitively. Ask yourself how you are holding the feeling in your body right now.
Henri Bergson saw intuition as a way of “ridding the mind of the utilitarian habits it has acquired.” The intellect is inadequate for acquiring the knowledge and experience of life. At the same time, the intellect repudiates any account from intuition or other ~ from the subconscious, condemning them using logical arguments which it butresses with facts as generally known and supports it with evidence it has from its own limited experience.
According to Jung, the four basic mental functions are thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuiting.
Each one of us has