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Analysis

Developing your intuition as a means of expanding your problem-solving skills beyond analytical thinking doesn’t mean you should set analysis aside altogether. In fact, there are ways to make your analytical skills available to your reflective practice. Connecting these two modes of thought represents the integration of analysis and synthesis found in our most elegant thinking. Analytical thinking is related to dividing things up, to separating them into parts or categories, whereas intuitive thinking tends to pull impressions and experiences together, weaving and combining them in different and sometimes novel ways. The best thinking is a dance of the two processes. You can collect all the data available, but you might also brainstorm about other options. You can analyze the problem, but you should also expose the decision to some emotional touchstone to see if it feels right to you. This is a dance between the rational and the intuitive parts of the brain.

Collect some data about a problem you’re facing. Make a list of trade-offs or pros and cons, or develop a flowchart to describe it.



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