Emotional Intelligence Versus Intuitive Intelligence?

In 1995, when the book Emotional Intelligence hit the bookstores, the establishment woke up to the emotional value of their limbic systems of the brain that process emotions. For example, popularity for a high emotional quotient (EQ) gained value over intellectual prowess in the workplace and in schools. Intuition became a competency, as one of the emotional intelligence skills.

Intuition and gut feeling register awareness: identifying emotions, knowing how we are affected by emotions and our ability to use them for our well-being—including our ability to learn self-correction from our mistakes.

  • Intuitive intelligence, viewed in its own right, is broader than can be defined by emotional intelligence.
  • Emotions are inaccurate gauges and differ from intuitions, gut feelings or other somatic awareness.

19387513_sAs Dr. Robert Flower, author of Your Exceptional Mind (2008) and founder of the Gilchrist Institute explained, “Emotions are your feelings, and intuitions are your sensing. Emotions will lie to you and intuitions are more valid, but we don’t trust them fully. My research confirms that trusting intuitive intelligence correlates with less emotional issues. I have three children. They’re all in there 30s now, in business, and they all do very well. My wife and I always tried to develop their intuition. We would play games with them to force their intuition. We would get them to trust what they saw and felt. Their intuitive exercises gave them a tremendous amount of strength in their lives. The natural model of intelligences is infallible, however we have followed educational, psychological, and empirical models which are false constructions that our children must fit into, like using the one standard IQ for forty years. The natural model is a personable model where children’s gifts can be identified and nurtured.”

Since the word intuition derives from Latin intueri, which means to look within, Gardner’s definition is helpful, yet limited. Goleman’s work in emotional intelligence includes strata of intuitive intelligence processing. Like any of the natural intelligences, intuition is a vast continuum and a variety of expressions from artistry to psychic skills.


On this site and in Coaching Intuitive Parents & Kids, we focus on the parents’  and the child’s natural core genius. Intuitive intelligence is part of children’s core genius. This natural intelligence can grow into a unique talent. Children with intuitive intelligence are ready to take their place in the world. Our job as parent and coach is to assist them.


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