Intuition, the “Secret Sauce” for Expanding Innovative Thinking


By Martin Mark



In my five decades of exploration into innovative thinking, I have found that negative self-talk may be the greatest obstacle to success. It can dull our intuitive capabilities, and create or support narrow, fearful, and limited thinking. Negative self-talk, (would, could, should, but, what if?, may, and try) is of little value in helping the mind free itself from ordinary, or reactive thinking patterns.

The key for the innovative thinker is to focus on using inquiry-oriented words such as “who, what, why, where, when, and how?” When doing R and D, and In your private and public conversations, ask questions to bring you both the answers you need and the freedom that the right answers create. Doing these things can help you create and focus your sense of vision. Without a mental vision or a stated mission, life seems aimless.




By Norman Lear Center



The innovative thinker needs to think of things that excite them in a positive way.  They need to think about art, sailing, philosophy, learning about history, or even how their innovation will make the world a better place.  They need to focus on things they can do to reach or fulfill that vision. Remember, that without a vision or a mission, life has little meaning and may seem aimless.

Once the innovative process is in full swing, intuition may show up. Students of intuition in the innovative process know there are many forms of intuition.

Researchers have discovered that intuition is generally experienced through…

  1. physical sensations (kinesthetic),
  2. emotions, and feelings,
  3. symbols and images (mental)


Let’s explore each of these distinctions

  1. Physical Sensations: Physical (Kinesthetic) intuition involves the experience of physical sensations that communicate information. Those with this ability to feel physically “comfortable” or “uncomfortable” about something may experience this as a gut feeling, a physical pain, or something that excites their sense of passion.
  2. Emotional Intuition: This is usually experienced as a vague or specific feeling that has no explanation, but is usually right. For example, you might feel slightly depressed because you know something is wrong; you actually become sensitive to the emotional states of others around you; you recognize messages in their physical posture or you automatically have a certain feeling arise when specific messages are received. It is not an intellectual process but rather it happens right there at that moment.  Those who experience intuition on an emotional level (called emotional intuitives) often say phrases such as “I like” and “I don’t like,” or “this feels good or bad to me.” They also respond to requests from others and make decisions based on how they feel. If they are not aware that they do this, which is often the case, they may even experience a feeling without realizing that they are picking up thoughts and feelings from another person.
  3. Mental Intuition: This form of intuition may seem almost intellectual in nature: It may simply be an internal conversation you are having with yourself about a solution to a problem. It might also appear as a brainstorm in the shower, a hunch, or a nagging thought that won’t go away. This is especially the case for a person who is not normally obsessive about certain things, thoughts, or ideas. These thoughts may reflective of what we normally consider to be about common sense, or recognizing what seems obvious. Intuition is not logical, though it might initially be experienced as if it is.

According to my friend Nancy Rosanoff, a respected expert and writer on intuition, “Most often, people have a combination of the above three, though one form may be dominant. Rarely is someone totally one type. We categorize them only to indicate that there is more than one way to perceive intuitive information.”

Clearly, the innovative thinker needs to recognize the power of intuition in addition to logic, statistics, and the process of trial and error (heuristics).



About the author: I am a game theorist and self-improvement coach offering advice for innovators of all levels who are dealing with obstacles and constraints.




Most of my Medium stories that are related to self-improvement, life lessons, mental health, and gaming are anchored into the concept of Applied Game Theory. This idea explores how and why people make certain choices. Researchers into game theory have won over twenty Noble Prizes, and the movie “A Beautiful Mind” is about the life of John Nash, one of the pioneers in game theory. Learn more about how game theory can be a  powerful tool for self-improvement and the expansion of innovative thinking in the article below. It was written so that a 12-year-old can easily understand and apply the simple 3 step system.



3 Tips to Achieve Massive Success by Applying Uncommon Sense and Game Theory

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There are many effective approaches to problem-solving, and decision making in applied game theory. Sometimes, the most effective approach is to ignore what seems obvious, logical, and rational. I have come to call these theories un-common sense. It is not that they are actually illogical it is that the logic of them is not obvious on the first appearance.

Tip #1 — Seek out unexpected facts or distortions when you are solving a problem. Many people are familiar with this way of thinking through Black Swan Events (BSE). A BSE is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and which has potentially severe consequences. When dealing with complex and extreme problems simply using critical thinking and deductive reasoning — the process of reasoning from one or more statements (premises) to reach a logical conclusion — simply won’t work. One must also seek out unexpected facts or distortions to that orderly sequence of data. It is these distortions that may inhibit or even assist us in problem-solving. Immersing oneself in game theory strategies is the solution here.

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Tip #2 — Go beyond traditional approaches to rational thinking: Generally speaking, virtually all problems and obstacles can be addressed through critical thinking — The systematic ordering of information in error correction and detection schemes.

Of course, the application of critical thinking to problem-solving, and obstacle removal, as well as approaches to unexpected irrational or unexpected events like BSE all originate with mathematics. Though we are not going to deal with extreme problems and obstacles in this article it may be useful for the advanced critical thinker to know that BSE, and other uncommon sense approaches system are essential to understanding things like chaos theory.

One need not be a mathematician to understand basic logical, and rational thought. Common sense will get you where you need to go, and if more is needed simple addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication will do the trick. Any common-sense approach to a problem is likely an expression of this way of thinking.

When one is confronted with an extreme problem such as a game theory concept called The Monte Hall Problem, it is the uncommon factor that is likely to lead to the solution. This also applies to some of the challenges that appear in our daily lives. There are some things in our lives that cannot be easily planned for, controlled, or even defined other than to say, “It is the unexpected.” Sometimes these things show up in a negative form and you don’t even recognize them when they happen. I call these “Un-intended Negative Consequences”. Applied Game Theory has won many Nobel Prizes for addressing these types of issues.

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Tip #3 — Keep an eye out for unintended negative consequences: These don’t usually happen immediately and that’s why they can be so devastating. Un-intended negative consequences normally develop over an extended period and have a momentum of their own that one may not so easily separate from.

Examples of non-linear factors include extreme weather, unexpected violence, unruly crowds, anything that we commonly call “acts of God”.

All things that appear as uncommon sense may not be the result of external events. There are some internal factors or elements in our being that we are unaware of but which constantly affect who we are and how we think. Often we are unable to move forward on a goal or a vision if we are limited by what seems like an irrational obstacle. Obviously one cannot transcend irrational elements through logic. Yes, there may be logic hidden in plain sight, yet we just can’t see the logic that is there.

One can only adjust and budget for these factors and somehow figure out how to integrate them into daily life. These obstacles are almost always non-sequential and unexpected. There are no trends or patterns you can evaluate to predict for them. All you can do is recognize them when they arrive, compensate for them, and wait them out. The American actor-comedian Dennis Leary has a saying about this which is explored in the very funny and poignant video link below : “Life is tough! Get a helmet.”

Many consider what I have come to call non-linear events, to be negative but this is not necessarily the case. If you are impatient, have a poor support system, or like to be in control of everything — all of the time — the arrival of a non-linear factor can be frightening, or even overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be so. It can be positive, serendipity if you will. A simple example might be that you are pulled over by the police because your car’s tail light was not functioning and you were unaware of it. Nevertheless, the officer who pulls you over chooses not to issue you a summons. Sometimes the non-linear factor presents us with serendipity — some effect where we accidentally discover something fortunate, particularly while looking for something else entirely.

There is a subtle link, a thread, or pattern between common and uncommon sense. This why non-linear events are not always as surprising as one might think. There is a subtle skill that some people have of being able to decipher where this pattern lies. Thus, what often appears as an accidental discovery or serendipitous event is actually the end result of subtle, even unconscious factors that bring an individual out of seeming chaos to a sudden unexpected discovery.

A self-actualized person must live in uncommon/common sense reality simultaneously. They have a full experience of the peak experience that comes from a highly evolved aesthetic sensibility and an appreciation of detail and order. They also have a naturally self-regulating and intuitive form of knowledge and expression.

Among some of the great thinkers who explored the distinction between common and uncommon sense and the linear and non-linear are Beethoven, R Emerson, von Goethe, Jefferson, and Adam Smith.

In fact, a person who understands applied game theory can actually create order out of chaos if they master uncommon sense. This is what happens when a vision comes to fruition.

Below is the book I wrote on the basics of game theory. I wrote it for nine- year-olds. If you can play Tick-tac-to or checkers you’ll understand it.

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Applied Game Theory is the Best Approach to Achieving Happiness





Among scientists it is the name used to describe systematic concepts that were designed to explain why and how individuals and organizations strategize, i.e. make decisions when one person (or more than one other person) might also affect the outcome of the decision. This concept is so important that researchers in the field have won dozens of Nobel Prizes including the two awarded this year

Today, (2020) game theory has become an umbrella term or ‘unified field’ theory for thousands of games, most being rational approaches to many different defined interactions including relationships in business, spirituality, competition, sports, romance, and even interactions with nonhuman players such as computers, animals, and plants.

Another way of describing game theory is as the observation of a set of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future state of something particularly strategic interactions between two or more individuals or groups (players) in a situation containing set rules and outcomes. Gamer theory used in a number of disciplines and can be applied to make individual choices in everday life. The theory has most notably used as a tool within the study of economics, particularly in politics, sports, and international affairs. The economic application of game theory can be a valuable tool to aid in the fundamental analysis of industries, sectors, and any strategic interaction between two or more firms or individuals who need to strategize to create maximum benefit at the lowest possible cost.

How is game theory connected to happiness? Happiness can mean different things to different people. What game theory, especially my approach, known as Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT) can do is, reduce the ways in which people suffer.


Suffering is disruptive and at times necessary mental, emotional, psychological, and also a spiritual experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with harm or threat of harm. On the positive side, suffering can contribute to how you organize meaning in your emotional world and much more. One should never assume that all suffering is negative. The key is to understand which suffering is essential and which is a self-created illusion.






For the unaware individual, it is often a negative experience, especially if this individual has made poor choices in the past.


Compassion, one of the most worthy, and admired of human qualities; often comes from recognizing the suffering of others. Their suffering may present great meaning and direction to your own life, motivating, and also inspiring you to serve others in need.  This service, in turn, creates a larger sense of community.

What determines how intense your suffering is or will be? The origin and cause of suffering; its processes, the meaning it presents to the individual who seems to be suffering; its related social, personal, and cultural behaviors; the knowledge of how to manage, reduce, or eliminate the suffering; and the benefits one might accrue for having suffered will all influence the intensity of that suffering.


Add to this the frequency of each occurrence, plus the concurrence of mental, emotional, psychological, and also spiritual factors involved. Now by combining these with the duration of the suffering, and you have a wide range of experiences related to suffering. If you are to understand the meaning of your life it is essential that you explore how and why you suffer.


The Meaning of Life

All human suffering, whether necessary or self-created, is tied to obstacles that have meaning for us.   Such an obstacle

may be associated with some physical or psychological discomfort, or spiritually speaking, from the “pain of longing” – the seeking of something deeper than the world of form. Who can say what it might be?





Transcending obstacles define much of what goes on in life. Think about it.  It is likely that you function day to day on “automatic pilot,” then suddenly you experience a usually unexpected obstacle. Now, this obstacle might be walking up the steps of a non-functioning escalator, or waiting in a long line at the post office. It may be something equally annoying like a sudden red light that causes you to hit the brakes on your car.  These types of challenges are what get your attention.


When things, events, or people limit your freedom, these “obstacles” take on meaning. We are also often drawn to things of great beauty, sensuality, and elegance. These things also have meaning. So as you can see, to notice something, positive or negative is to give it meaning.


What does it mean for something to have meaning? This is an important question. Many great thinkers have proposed that all meaning is based on your perception as well as shifts in your perception.


Many of us go through life unconsciously. We each decide arbitrarily that some things are important while others are not. Something might have meaning now that did not have any meaning just a few moments ago.


Does ‘meaning’ have to have a particular quality or quantity to it? Will any sense of meaning do? How would you even know if something had more than a superficial meaning? What’s the link between meaning and significance in daily action? If something has meaning for you, does it have ‘meaning’ because it reinforces your sense of being – or is something deeper going on? Is meaning anything more than what grabs your attention?






Your answers to these questions about the “meaning of life” may have great implications for how you think, make choices, use language, and communicate with others in the process of daily living. Without this inquiry, you may be destined to a life of confusion or intellectual, emotional, and spiritual numbness.


What Harrison’s Applied Game Theory does is offer a person the ability to be more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware. It also gives creative and innovative thinkers the opportunity to create greater meaning in their life by making a measurable difference in the world.

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