Find Out if You’re a Rational or Intuitive Person

· November 5, 2014

You may be someone that tends to have hunches; feelings or intuitions that, at a given moment, tell you what decision to make. Or you may be a little more rational, and you think about things in depth before deciding. Here are some signs to find out which is more characteristic of you.

Intuitive People and Rational People

It is not exclusive. That means that everyone has intuitions sometimes, and everyone obviously thinks about their problems and other things before making a decision. But you can’t deny that some people are more impulsive than others. Some people let their hunches lead them more often, while others, who are more cautious, think things over before making a move.

These ways of behaving and deciding are often related to your personality. But something interesting that you ought to know is that going with your intuition, for example, is not completely irrational. At all. Experts say that, in reality, a lot of your decisions are made according to your hunches and feelings. But they don’t come from spontaneous actions either. We will explain why below.

1. Intuitive Peopleintuition

Hunches, premonitions… We all know what they are. They are sudden feelings that tell you that it may be better to go down a certain path. That someone won’t be a good influence on you and it is best to avoid them… for example.

We often don’t accept these hunches as reasonable because they come from many people’s own emotions or feelings, and not from their brain, which would make it a logical and deductive action. But that is not the truth. Hunches are actually quick judgements of value that come from your personality and previous experiences. Everything that happens in your life is saved and stored along with the feeling that it caused. As a result, when you are faced with a stimuli, sudden feelings happen that tell you to “do this, go that way, choose this person, take a risk, or turn around…” They are incidents based on decisions you have already made in the past. They are also related to your personality.

All of that is hidden behind the complicated world of intuitions, those sudden feelings that happen in your mind without you really knowing why. There are indeed people that always follow them and don’t ignore them. They pay attention to and obey what many people call instinct.

But, be careful. You have to keep in mind that because these feelings and these hidden hunches in our hearts are so fast, they aren’t always the best or proper answer. They don’t always work. Therefore, other people are more cautious and, despite having these “feelings”, they prefer to brush them aside and be more careful. These people have more rational personalities.

2. Rational People


Rational thinking is guided by conscious information: on what we have in front of us, on what we can see and touch, on what we can compare things with through other information or reading.

The decisions of rational people are much more slow and cautious. It’s not that they have less resources but rather that they are more pensive and perhaps a little more insecure. But sometimes that is a good thing because it forces you to go through a type of “quality control” before making a decision. These are people that also fear making mistakes and always look for the right answer and the best decision.

Consequently, they are more careful but sometimes people don’t have that much time to make a decision. And also, sometimes we can’t get all the information we need before deciding on something. For example, you can’t know everything about a person before deciding if you want to fall in love with them or not. It just happens, and that’s why, in reality, most people are intuitive. Emotions always have more power than reasoning. Humans are completely emotional creatures.

It is best to keep a balance. Don’t rush when making a decision but don’t be too cautious either. Insecurity often comes from some type of existential suffering. So it’s definitely best to maintain a balance on both sides.

Do you agree? How do you see yourself? Are you more intuitive or more rational?