Defending ... my PhD

The day has finally come … and gone.

A bit more than a week ago now, I defended my PhD thesis. An event I had been preparing for intensively in the weeks leading up to it. But really, the past years of work on this thesis have been my preparation.

The research I did during this time, along with the knowledge I acquired along the way, build one pillar of the foundation of the Embodied Intuition project. The second pillar being my exploration of different practices of inner inquiry. It is the former I want to highlight today.

During the work on my PhD, I got to delve into the topic of intuition and related phenomena such as consciousness, questions of the self, theories of emotions, embodiment and social cognition. My work is situated between psychology, philosophy and neuroscience and investigates intuition from the perspective of the judgment and decision making community. Broadly speaking, this community asks how humans make judgments and decisions, what kind of processes are involved in this and whether some processes work better than others in making “good” decisions.

I am dedicated to building a bridge between science and spirituality, so over the next few months I will cut my research into bite-sized pieces and adapt to make it accessible for non-academic readers. Just as importantly, I will focus on showing you how my research is applicable to daily life.

Because, if there is one thing that I have learned over the course of the last couple of years researching intuition, it is that there are myriad ways in which intuition can be both helpful and reliable in our daily lives.

The challenge seems rather to lie in gaining – or re-discovering – access to our intuition by shedding the layers of doubt and the false belief that only careful analysis will guide us towards success in navigating the dense forest of our daily decisions.

And one of the most fundamental access points seems to be our body. Hence the term Embodied Intuition.

If you’re interested in reading any of my research as-is, you can download most of the papers from my public researchgate profile. If you do read them, I’d love to hear your thoughts!