Insights often appear like magic because all we see is the surprising finale, the rabbit popping out of the hat. We don’t see the steps leading up to that finale, the years that the magician spent practicing, the design of the hat, and the way the rabbit was smuggled on stage. Although we may not be able to predict the exact instant when a person has an insight, the process isn’t as mysterious as people think. The Triple Path Model of insight provides separate pathways for insights relying on contradictions, creativity, and connections. Each pathway has its own means of altering the beliefs that anchor the way we understand things. Insights unexpectedly replace one story with a new one that’s more accurate and useful. The magic of insights stems from the force for noticing connections, coincidences, and curiosities; the force for detecting contradictions, and the force of creativity unleashed by desperation. That magic lives inside us, stirring restlessly.
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The magic of insights stems from the force for noticing connections, coincidences, and curiosities; the force for detecting contradictions, and the force of creativity unleashed by desperation.
Although we may not be able to predict the exact instant when a person has an insight, the process isn’t as mysterious as people think.
We can foster insights—the challenge seems pretty daunting—but we can make it more manageable if we examine each of the insight paths separately.
People differ in how well they tolerate contradictions and ambiguity, and this personality style likely affects their success at gaining insights.
Coincidences are chance concurrences normally ignored though, very often, they provide us with an early warning about a new pattern.
People have a natural tendency to gain insights. We see connections and associations and notice inconsistencies.