Intuition is our inborn capacity for rapid and embodied response, permitting automatic and rapid reactions within an uncertain and unpredictable world. Intuition is the body’s flower of compassion and creativity, offering a set of embodied capacities that lies at the heart of our uniqueness, spontaneity, and capacity for connection. How intuition manifests differs from person to person, depending upon genetics, personality, upbringing, and culture. Although each one of us continually uses intuitive faculties to navigate our physical, social, and spiritual worlds, the topic is all too rarely discussed. This course examines intuition from multiple angles—its evolutionary origins, neurobiological roots, expression in the body, individual differences, utility and shadow sides. We cover intuition’s uses and abuses, its ordinary and extraordinary edges, as well as ideal circumstances for its enhancement.
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. She is adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute; California Institute of Integral Studies; and visiting professor at Italian Universita Niccolo Cusano, London. Terry conducts workshops and trainings nationally and internationally in clinical intuition, creativity, interpersonal neurobiology and nonlinear science. She is a prolific author and editor, including Mythic Imagination Today (Brill, 2021) and A Fractal Epistemology for a Scientific Psychology (Cambridge Scholars, 2020). She illustrates her own books, co-curates a yearly psychotherapist art exhibition, “Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist”, and attempts to maintain balance in life with piano, ballet, and yoga.