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Intuition and Luck
I'm only about half-way through the book at the moment, but another thing he did mention was that people who considered themselves "lucky" were also more "relaxed" about life. He figures this helps to make them "lucky" because when you are relaxed, you are more likely to notice more things around you - and hence notice things you may not have noticed before. Also, when you are relaxed, you probably look more approachable - so people are more likely to be willing to approach you, which could lead to "lucky" meetings with people who can help you with whatever it is you want to do...
He doesn't talk a great deal about intuition - it's just one of the things he talks about that relates as a common feature by those who consider themselves "lucky". I think we all have "intuition", but we don't always listen to it... Richard Wiseman's opinion is that "intuition" is really "knowledge" from your subconscious mind.
As an example, some people in his study seemed "lucky" with relationships, others seemed "unlucky".
For example, one "unlucky" woman he talks about met a guy on holiday, and they were attracted to each other, and eventually started seeing each other seriously. However, she got this nagging feeling that something was "not right". Nevertheless, she stuck with him despite her intuition - but one-and-a-half years later it ended in "disaster" (i.e. it didn't work out). She considers herself "unlucky" - but in this case, it appears that she didn't "listen" to her intuition, and went ahead despite what her intuition was telling her.
On the other hand, a "lucky" person might have that experience, and "listen" to their intuition and get out - and consider themselves "lucky" for having gotten out of a bad relationship early.
Anyway, that's just one of the factors that people who consider themselves "lucky" had in common...
You can read more about the author, Richard Wiseman, here...
Regarding intuition, I once read a good book about the subconscious, which might be of interest - and how it relates to intuition. The book was "Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less" by Guy Claxton. He's another psychologist - you can see his web page here
It's interesting stuff!
Last edited by Dien Rice : September 2, 2006 at 10:27 PM.
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