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What is insight and why is it needed


Meaning of the word insight - the ability to predict the outcome of future events. Insight is also the ability of a person to see and understand the real background that lies behind the visible side of events and phenomena, as well as behind the external habits of people. First of all, a shrewd person can reveal hidden thoughts and real inner motives of a person.

A discerning person cannot be content with simple and banal explanations, does not attach any importance to a beautiful and ideal "wrapped", Because such a person is very difficult to outwit or deceive.

In achieving success, insight is indispensable. It helps to understand people, consider their strengths and weaknesses, read secret thoughts and intentions. With the help of insight, you can skillfully manage your subordinates, easily secure a wonderful career and build a successful business. This quality can make a person a real leader.

Insight is not a gift from above and not an innate quality, rather an acquired ability to understand people, but for a modern person, it is extremely important to understand what is hidden behind the outer shell. Is it possible to instill a similar skill, and how to develop insight?

• The doubts that may arise can be clarified by clarification

If any phenomenon, situation or person’s act leaves a double impression giving rise to a mass of versions, then you should be reinsured with verification. How to do it?

1. To refute or confirm your choice, you can use the new manifestations, which should wait.

2. If we are talking about a human act, we can simply ask this person why he did this. Even if a lie sounds in response, its content will become a new external manifestation.

3. A similar question can be asked to those people who know this person well.

4. The most truthful and vivid external manifestations can be observed in emergency situations. Therefore, either wait for the critical moment, or artificially create it.


Why is someone able to predict the situation, providing for all sorts of nuances, while someone does not see beyond his own nose? Why is it easy to deceive one person, and even the most convincing words of a liar have no effect on another? It is all about insight and its absence!

Insight is the ability, in accordance with the current situation, to predict the outcome of future affairs.

Insight is the ability of a person to understand and see the real background, which is hidden behind the visible side of phenomena and events, as well as the external manifestations of people. A shrewd person, first of all, reveals hidden motives and is interested in the true inner impulses of human feelings, words and actions.

Shrewd man he is not satisfied with simple and banal explanations, he does not attach much importance to the beautiful “wrapper”, therefore it is rather difficult to deceive and outwit such a person.

Insight is an excellent assistant in achieving success. It helps to better understand people, see their shortcomings and dignities, read secret intentions. With the help of insight, you can skillfully manage subordinates, easily secure your career growth and build a profitable business. This quality will form a real professional in you and lead you into leaders, allowing you to feel and anticipate the mood of the people around you, direct their actions and lead them along.

Human insight is not an innate quality or gift of the gods, as previously thought. Insight is a skill that is very important and sometimes essential for a modern person to learn. How to become insightful? The following techniques and rules will help you develop insight.

• Engage in the continuous development of insight and build confidence in it.

Watch how your discernment develops. Try to learn to listen to her. Learn from your achievements and mistakes, constantly improve. After some time, the speed and accuracy of your conclusions will increase, and this will allow you to better navigate in people and in various situations.

Learn, improve, develop your personality in order to acquire such a skill as insight. Insight development will strengthen your intuition, which is also important in any area of ​​life.

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Receptions of insight

Knowledge of the many causes of any external manifestation

As a rule, the ordinary course of our thoughts steadily leads us to one of them, the most common and familiar. But, the accumulated experience and a considerable body of knowledge give an understanding that the first thought that has come to mind may turn out to be wrong, just as the reason for any human act may not be the only one. Imagine a situation where all seats are occupied in public transport. An old man is standing in front of a seated young guy. The guy does not give way, and the first thing that may come to mind is "The boor, ill-mannered, does not want to give way." But the reasons may be of a different nature. For example, the grief experienced (a person is immersed in himself and does not notice not only an old man standing nearby, but also everyone who is in this bus), a sore leg (or other injury), general malaise, etc. Personally, I had to ride the bus after the surgery and catch dissatisfied glances on myself (you must admit that explaining your situation to everyone is not very pleasant). Therefore, analyzing all kinds of life situations, try to identify as many reasons as possible for each external manifestation and accumulate them in memory for subsequent calculation or guessing.

Fixing as many external manifestations as possible

Imagine a different situation. Subway car, rush hour, a lot of people. A young girl who walked into the station slowly squats, sliding down the wall. No one pays attention to her, thinking: "Show off!" But, external manifestations: drooping movements, a frightened and dull look, almost elusive suffering on the face indicate poor health. I turn to the girl: “Is something hurting you?” She nodded slightly and whispered, “Heart.” I ask the passengers validol. People revived, began to sympathize and offer their help. Conclusion: fixing more external manifestations helps to more accurately determine the true cause of their occurrence.

Allow doubts by clarification

If a situation, any phenomenon, or human words and actions leave a dual sensation that gives rise to several versions at once, make sure to check. There are several ways to do this:

  • You can confirm or refute your choice, waiting for new manifestations.
  • If it comes to human words and deeds, you can ask the person himself why he did it or said so. And even if a lie is heard in response to you, it is precisely it - its content and how it will be said - will become a new, refuting or confirming external manifestation.
  • The same question can be asked to those who know a person well (or some kind of event).
  • The most vivid and truthful external manifestations are in extreme and critical situations. Therefore, you can either wait for them, or artificially create them.

You can come up with other effective techniques for clarification and verification yourself.

Rules of insight

Now we will formulate general rules, compliance with which will make you discerning person and help to better understand people.

Pay attention to minor details.

In any situation, teach yourself to notice small details that seem insignificant at first glance. Shrewd manas a detective, he always observes what others do not see or do not betray. Insight is the mood of your senses to fix details and trifles that are practically inaccessible and invisible due to various reasons to other people. Cultivate such an observation. With constant practical application, it develops and improves, and gradually you get "both the scent of a dog and the eyes of an eagle."

Remember and organize all the little things and details

Even if at some point you cannot explain the reason for certain minor events and subtle actions, you should still remember them. Perhaps it happened to you: when analyzing a situation or a conversation that has already taken place, some detail of the interlocutor’s behavior or the phrase he uttered suddenly appears in his memory. The question arises: “Why did the person do this or say so?”, The answer to which you cannot immediately find. But some time passes and the situation clears up. So, keeping in mind such details until finding out the reasons, classifying them by objects is an important step to the formation of insight.

In communicative communication, consider every detail as an external manifestation of a person’s level of development and a certain course of his thoughts

Let's say you were attracted to something in the appearance of a person (facial expressions, gestures), in the phrase he said, or in the intonation of his conversation. Immediately think about what meaningful or unconscious mental processes in his mind could lead to such external manifestations. If you bring this line of your own reasoning to automatism, then over time you will learn to subtly feel (just feel) and more clearly understand the train of thought of the interlocutor. Since an experienced doctor feels the patient, the teacher - the audience, etc. This is the basis of the deep human insight.

In social, natural, and technical situations, look at every detail you see as an external manifestation of the course and development of other invisible processes

Accustom yourself for any inexplicable external manifestation in society and in nature to seek and find hidden processes that are its cause. Take, for example, natural disasters (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis) that take thousands of lives. All these are external manifestations of processes occurring deep inside the Earth. By presenting the picture in this way, a correct and deeper awareness and understanding of natural phenomena appears. Therefore, systematically seek a deep understanding of the essence of the processes that are regularly encountered in life, especially in professional activities.

Look for the cause of the external manifestation, and having found, formulate the dependence

We felt, comprehended the hidden process - then on this basis, find out the causes of the external manifestation. We found out, more than once and more than two were convinced that it is it that manifests itself in this way - formulate the dependence. An example of a well-known dependence is signs, for example, the well-known to all - if the swallows fly low - to rain. Or another example - in medicine, every symptom of the disease speaks of specific disorders in the mental or physiological processes of the human body. Also, in your formulations, each external manifestation must be necessarily associated with its own internal cause.

Try to understand the thoughts of a person, the essence of hidden processes, comparing them with familiar similar processes

If you notice external manifestations, the reasons of which are not clear to you or you are not sure of their exact dependence, try using an analogy. Compare, and if possible, the essence of fairly familiar and similar processes, as well as their dependencies, transfer to the unknown and incomprehensible. Such mental operations should be polished and brought to automatism. Replenish the informational bag of your insight with similar processes and use this technique more often. He will help you faster develop insight .

In similar processes, consider differences and make necessary adjustments

If the similarities in similar processes are insignificant, you risk making mistakes when drawing conclusions. So be careful. Determine the degree of magnitude of the difference. Given this, build more or less confident conclusions about the consequence of external manifestations and the essence of unfamiliar processes. For further observation, specify them.

Leave some share of doubt and do not make final and categorical conclusions at first glance or on minor external manifestations.

Someone may intentionally mislead you. Therefore, excessive self-confidence can lead to a mistake in penetration. There are people who are confident that they see others through and through, and do not admit even the slightest doubt about the correctness of their judgments and conclusions. Thus, they punish themselves, since these people build actions and conversations based on erroneous and incorrect ideas. Accordingly, the result for them is zero or completely unpredictable. To be able to refrain from self-confidence, to find the right conclusions, while maintaining a healthy share of doubt, means to go to the highest level of insight.

Over time, find additional evidence of the fidelity of your initial assessments and conclusions.

Excessive doubts give rise to uncertainty and thereby restrain actions and statements. Find your own psychological balance between confidence in penetration and the need for reasonable doubt. Each time, persistently and consistently get rid of doubts, inventing and searching for more and more new evidence in favor of your first estimates and conclusions. Check them regularly in communication and practice.

Constantly develop your discernment and strengthen your confidence in it.

Watch the process of building confidence in your own insight, and step by step you become a shrewd person. Learn from mistakes and achievements, constantly improve. Over time, the accuracy and speed of your conclusions will increase, which will allow you to better navigate in a wide variety of situations and, of course, will give you greater confidence in your own abilities.

P.S. Intuition, i.e. vaguely conscious subconscious guessing can be enhanced by insight, i.e. conscious and controlled calculation. You will learn how to develop intuition by visiting the section "Self-development".

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A discerning person, as a detective, always observes what others do not see or what others do not “betray”.

A discerning person always notices how words are spelled correctly.

An astute person is a good psychologist and teacher.

a shrewd person, understands that everything is around bullshit - and therefore lives without fussing :)

A shrewd person is not a very pleasant person to communicate with if he does not know how to hide his shrewdness. Therefore, the words “how insightful you are!” Are often pronounced with irony, alluding to the fact that one could not have voiced his guesses.

What is insight

Insight is a quality of personality that depends on the ability to observe, sharply notice, compare, comprehend, and most importantly, to foresee the future outcome of events. It is associated with foresight, sagacity, competence and worldly wisdom. Insight is surrounded by a halo of unusualness and is often compared to extrasensory perception or mysticism. But the ability to understand one’s position, to diagnose the qualities of people, to see causal relationships of phenomena or events is the result of observation, competence, intelligence and life experience.

To gain insight is a great, even great achievement.. After all, it helps to establish communication and build your business. Moreover, this is one of the essential qualities of a leader - one who knows how to foresee the hidden essence of things, events, news, actions, other people. It’s not for nothing that psychological trainings on the topic of leadership qualities are so popular.

The phrase "insightful look" is often used in relation to people with great life experience. And they add “look like an X-ray” or “looked into the soul”. Indeed, wise people seem to read other people's thoughts or understand more about the interlocutor than he himself understands about himself. But there is still children's insight - the possession of a pure soul and mind, which becomes muddied with growing up.

Where psychological insight comes in handy

This ability to quickly evaluate a person’s inner world, impress him and manipulate his interlocutor, is rather part of the profession of a psychologist, personnel officer, manager, teacher, doctor, journalist. But outside the profession, another phrase is often used - worldly wisdom.

Worldly wisdom does not depend on “naked” intellect and is not always associated with education - you may not know the ABC book, but literally see people through and through. There is scientific evidence for this claim. Researchers at Waterloo University in Canada found that people with less than average incomes are more likely to display “worldly wisdom”. It turns out they are more competent in interpersonal matters. Так что с точки зрения житейской мудрости проницательный – это человек без докторских степеней, зато с непредвзятым отношением к чему-либо и способностью рассмотреть проблему с разных точек зрения.

Worldly wisdom is a red diploma to the mind, which is issued to a person with great life experience - not only his personal, but the experience of his ancestors. Indeed, in addition to personal observations, it includes proverbs, beliefs, aphorisms, stories and other knowledge about the laws of life. Unlike scholarship, life wisdom does not come from books, but is tested in practice. And she is always seasoned with a portion of humor. Because the ability to notice funny features and wrap them in sparkling jokes or aphorisms is another component of insight.

How to develop insight

The ability to "see the root" enchants. It’s not without reason that Sherlock Holmes has been the favorite hero of millions for almost two centuries. But if you study his ability to “read” others, understand their motives, predict actions, you will learn something. And if you put all the superpowers on the shelves, you will be able to develop qualities in the right direction. Even if the fight against world crime is not included in life plans.

Five steps for those who want to learn how to scan people like Sherlock Holmes:

1. Sincerely interested in people

If you turn to Sherlock Holmes, you can see - he did not take his amazing conclusions from the air, but made on the basis of constant observations. Because with all the variety of characters and temperaments, people, as a rule, make similar mistakes, use standard behavioral patterns, react equally to criticism, or seem to express appreciation.

The same technique can be used to develop your own insight - to begin to be genuinely interested in others. In addition to people who are “useful” for business or personal purposes, a random observation companion on a train, a taxi driver who brings you home or air conditioning installation wizards will help to fill in your personal observation file. When a critical mass of observations has accumulated, the ability to read human emotions and the ability to predict other people's behavior will come - is this not the height of insight?

2. Develop observation

Watching and noticing are two different things. Observation helps to see what is hidden from prying eyes, to notice differences in supposedly similar things or similarity in completely different ones.

Good observation is not possible without a good memory. Mnemonic exercises (mnemonics) help strengthen and develop memory, and observation increases the interest in everything around - gestures or facial expressions of people, nature, architecture, art.

3. Learn to trust your unconscious

Intuition helps to quickly assess a situation or form a first impression of a person. Because the unconscious is ancient and wiser than the mind. Unconsciousness, intuition, sixth sense - all this is not a mystical gift, but a skill that can be developed.

Learning to trust your intuition means developing the same observantness, but directing it inside yourself - listening to your body, your emotions, studying reactions to what is happening. But in order to begin to hear the inner voice, you need to clear the trash of idle beliefs, prejudices, learn to be present "here-and-now."

4. Develop an analytical mind

Intuition is fine, but consistent analytical thinking cannot be ignored. Logic helps to process large blocks of information, separate, combine, shuffle, and in some cases draw conclusions based on the minimum number of facts.

Familiar crossword puzzles perfectly develop logic and memory. But they help in the first stage. Puzzles, mathematical equations or logic puzzles, puzzles, strategic board games like Monopoly cope with the task. Chess is considered the best trainer for analytical thinking - but here it is important to find a worthy opponent for yourself.

5. Be prepared to accept change

Sometimes accumulated knowledge turns against us. This happens when a person absolutizes his experience or his abilities, and as a result loses the skill of “flexibility of mind”. Such self-confidence becomes blinders in our eyes and prevents us from opening up to the new.

But if in time to notice your blindness, you can begin to experiment. For example, to start doubting your conclusions, to do familiar things in unusual ways, to practice silence or to play Sherlock Holmes, for his methods are not outdated so far.


  • Insight is the ability to discern the true nature of a situation.
  • Worldly wisdom does not depend on education, but it helps to get out of any situation, and then tell about it with humor.
  • Components of insight: memory, observation, logic and intuition can be developed using various techniques.