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For example, business professionals have been divided into two types: a rational type who conforms to tradition, has a possessive attitude that prohibits movement, and uses a procedure-centred method, contrasted with an intuitive type who co-operates with others, shares a concern for community, and employs a people-centred method. This typology, where rational is contrasted with intuitive, is doubtless both inaccurate and over-simplified. The basic point, however, is surely well-taken: success in business requires input not only from the analysing end of the spectrum, but from the synthesising end also. Or again, the value in business of systematically applying tried and tested procedures does not negate the value of being capable of imaginative innovation– on the contrary, each complements the other.

I am not proposing a form of ‘new age’ business practice where decisions are derived solely from the examination of the entrails of goats newly slaughtered on the boardroom table, or even from the interpretation of cards. There are people on the intuitive side sufficiently angry to want to trash the rational faculty and all its works. Personally, I am quite sure that redressing the bias against intuition does not require the adoption of a bias against reason. Whether we are concerned with the day-to-day decisions of business or of our daily lives, thinking things out, accumulating relevant data, consulting sources of established expertise – all these have their necessary place. If we are to use the cards, to call on the intuitive side for help, we will hope that the results support the conclusions reached by reason, rather than flying in the face of them.

Nevertheless, this is not the whole story. There is an area of psychic life where reason cannot take us. If we realise the importance of that area, and if we believe that no human enterprise can afford to ignore it, then we shall have to take account of it. And we shall be forced to acknowledge that the access route we shall need can come only from the intuitive side. I refer to the area of the unconscious psyche. To get some idea of the role which the cards may, indeed should play in decision making and problem solving, we must learn something of the unconscious.
 
 
One of the first nine cards – number 2 but no name, representing red in the spectrum: overtaken by later developments
One of the first nine cards – number 2 but no name, representing red in the spectrum: overtaken by later developments
From the original 9 – number 8, no name
From the original 9 – number 8, no name
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