Now I am a sucker for good words, so when she described intuition and subconscious thinking as "under the bonnet of our awareness" I was hooked. But there are more than high falutin' science terms and well-turned phrases in the article. Van Mulukom describes how overthinking can be detrimental to our decision making processes. Now this is just EXACTLY what happens during the creative process, when we stumble into the mindset of trying to control and plan every brushstroke and somehow lose the soul of a painting.
But neither does she recommend we give up our old friend analysis. Intuitive decision making is great as long as it isn't complicated by cognitive biases like stereotyping or putting our heads in the sand in denial. The link lists a bunch of bias types I wasn't really aware of. Maybe awareness is part of the fix for that?
Though it may be just my own clustering illusion bias, I take comfort in today's chapter in Mark Nepo's The One Life We're Given in which he writes "...we are drawn to what we need to learn. Nor is it by accident that authors and artists are drawn to subject matter they need in order to grow." As I pursue a trust-fall approach with paint, it is nice to think these nuggets of information were dropped along the path just for me. Or is that a candy-covered cottage in the clearing ahead? Awwww Hansel, let's just have a few more sweets, shall we?
Jen Walls and her imaJENation