# Summary of “Trusting your gut could be the most rational way to make decisions”

Relying on your intuition generally has a bad reputation, especially in the Western part of the world where analytic thinking has been steadily promoted over the past decades.
Gradually, many have come to think that humans have progressed from relying on primitive, magical and religious thinking to analytic and scientific thinking.
In the psychological literature, intuition is often explained as one of two general modes of thinking, along with analytic reasoning.
Many take the division between analytic and intuitive thinking to mean that the two types of processing are opposites, working in a see-saw manner.
A recent meta-analysis- an investigation where the impact of a group of studies is measured – has shown that analytic and intuitive thinking are typically not correlated and could happen at the same time.
What’s more, while intuition is seen as sloppy and inaccurate, analytic thinking can be detrimental as well.
In other cases, analytic thinking may simply consist of post-hoc justifications or rationalizations of decisions based on intuitive thinking.
We need to accept that intuitive and analytic thinking should occur together, and be weighed up against each other in difficult decision-making situations.

The orginal article.