What do we mean by 'Learned' and 'Intuitive' mind?While putting together the ‘Rediscovering our Humanity‘ presentation for TechXLR8, it occurred to me some participants might find a set of definitions around ‘Learned’ and ‘Intuitive’ mind helpful. They are based on my interpretation and are loaded ideas which I recognise others may think differently about:

Learned Mind

Conceptualisation: Structuring our understanding of the world.

Rationalisation: Making externally created ideas fit our worldview.

Judgement: The level to which we are attached to a concept or outcome.

Knowledge/Skills acquisition: Traditional learning and training.

Content creation: Our ability to manifest ideas into the world. EG Speech, Writing or Making a cup of tea.

Egoic thinking: Anytime we think we are right.

Intuitive mind

Connection: A feeling of intimacy. (Example: Talking about football – enjoying sharing a concept OR Romantic love.)

Bodily functions: Actions not controlled by us at a conscious level. Heartbeat or sleep as examples.

Realisation: Capacity for realisation – Becoming aware of a new fact. ‘Bob’ and ‘Lisa’ as examples.

Purpose: Motivation resulting from a sense of oneness between head and heart.

Resilience: Bodies heal themselves. We also have innate psychological healing too.

Clarity: An obviousness about a situation in life.

Creativity: Imagination creating something original – Inventiveness.


Flow state: Energised focus on what we are doing in the moment.

Special thanks to Piers Thurston of Making Change Work for helping develop and clarify these ideas!