Oh, how I hate the 'scale' questions! Esp. THIS question on 'intuition', where we're given a quantitative yardstick to evaluate an elusive qualitative, essentially emotional, approach to life's experiences. But ok, I'll play--8 out of 10. You, my very savvy friend, aim your hubs at women, so you may be surprised to see a man score himself so high on the scale. It's simple: I'm a poet, and the feminine side of my nature is probably more highly developed than in most men. That's neither good nor bad, nor does it suggest I'm effeminate or gay, it's a simple evaluative comment based on how i respond to life. Or should I say, how I respond to PEOPLE, because in my experience, that's where intuition comes most into play. When I meet men and women, my inner barometer quite quickly registers a single word or phrase----"warm and open, phony, pretentious ass, sexy and available, sexy and hung-up, intelligent and humble, vicious and exploitative, sneaky, giving and naive, tough and honest, outgoing and caring, shy and nervous....." I often have to qualify that intuitive response, but rarely am I completely wrong.
Intuition, it should be noted, is not based on nothing. "Nothing will come of nothing", said King Lear. Some people--I think i'm one--filter enormous amounts of hard evidence in a nanoflash. You meet a person--their dress, walk, smile, body language, handshake, attitude, voice, words, eye contact--all of this and more can register in seconds and result in your intuitive sense of that person, without you having any conscious awareness of ALL the factors that you've filtered, or the relative weighting you've unknowingly assigned to each factor. "I trust not that Cassius--he hath a lean and hungry look." And since there is this 'objective' fact-rooted basis for intuition--you can be deceived. A skillful con-man knows all about the fact-rooted basis of intuition. He DEPENDS on his skill at deliberately staging himself to be that which he is not, and in duping people like me into 'assigning' a favourable first response, and in speaking well of him to others. He also knows that he must keep his time with intuitive people very BRIEF, because the facade will crack quickly....and the intuitive person wil see those cracks immediately.
Generally, I trust my intuitions. I pay attention. I act accordingly. When I haven't listened at all--usually to do with a woman--I've paid hugely.