The emphasis is not on analysis but on building a story, and judging the story by how well it fits the facts, where the extent of the fit is determined by feedback from past experience.
"For instance, a firefighter, over the years, becomes sensitive to different cues such as the smell, floor temperature, room temperature, way in which the fire is spreading, and numerous other small indicators. By gauging these cues, the firefighter subconsciously develops a “story” around how the fire developed and what the priority should be (rescue people, douse the flames, call for more help). Similarly, nurses in intensive care units for children (The NICU nurses) develop a repository of experiences on subtle cues as well as combinations of cues that ill children provide. An experienced nurse can thus size up a situation based on the many cues he or she (usually, she) sees, and develop a story that immediately suggests a next course of action." (Klein, 2004, Applied Research Associates)If people want to call Klein's research "gut reaction," they should do so with the greatest care. Most consider the "story" metaphor the best illustration of the Recognition-Primed Decision model. This "intuition building" behavior is based on knowledge and factual information. No wonder the success rate of such templates is amazing high. So, in a surge of emotions called love, should people trust their intuitions? Blind trust in intuition would certainly seem wrong. Feeling trapped or unable to choose what is right would likewise be inadvisable in love. How about when the heart says one thing, but mind disagrees? Again, this is a danger sign. Yet one can find self-help book after self-help book praising the power of intuition in love. In Delphi, where the ancient Greeks came to seek guidance from clairvoyant oracles, most of those “seers” were women. And, true, women may be better than men at understanding the nuances of body posture, gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice. Moreover, the female brain has more nerve cables between the two hemispheres, as well as more long distance connections within each hemisphere--brain architecture likely to help them connect desperate bits of data. Also, women are (on average) more interested in people than men. Does this intuitive power really suggest women are better at judging potential mates? What do you think? Back to the illusions at the top of the entry. Did your intuition tell you the inner rectangle is not one shade? Wrong! The soldiers are all the same size, believe it or not, dear intuition. And in Delboenf's illusion: Here we have four circles. The outer circle on the left, and the inner circle on the right are of the same size, but the right one appears larger.