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Berliner, B. (1950). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXIII, 1949: The Nature of Intuition. Eric Berne. Pp. 203–226.. Psychoanal Q., 19:611-612.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychiatric Quarterly. XXIII, 1949: The Nature of Intuition. Eric Berne. Pp. 203–226.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:611-612

Psychiatric Quarterly. XXIII, 1949: The Nature of Intuition. Eric Berne. Pp. 203–226.

Bernhard Berliner

Intuition is defined as knowledge based on experience and acquired through sensory contact with the subject, without the 'intuiter' being able to formulate to himself or others exactly how he came to his conclusions. It is based on preverbal, unconscious or preconscious functions. Analogous to dreams formed from the day's residues, intuitive judgments are synthesized from discrete sensory elements ('subliminal perceptions') whose perception and synthesis both take place below the threshold of consciousness. The individual is not only unaware of how he knows something; he may not even know what it is that he knows, but he

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behaves or reacts in a specific way as if his actions or reactions were based on something that he knew. Interesting clinical material on the practical use of intuition is given which reveals some of these preconscious sensory impressions, e.g., the dynamics of the eyes and the periocular muscles express reality attitudes, the dynamics of the lower facial and neck muscles are more indicative of instinctual vicissitudes.

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Article Citation

Berliner, B. (1950). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXIII, 1949. Psychoanal. Q., 19:611-612

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