Insight is the understanding of a specificcause and effect in a specific context. The term insight can have several related meanings:
- a piece of information
- the act or result of understanding the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively (callednoesis in Greek)
- an introspection
- the power of acute observation anddeduction, penetration, discernment,perception called intellection or noesis
- an understanding of cause and effect based on identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario (see artificial intelligence)
An insight that manifests itself suddenly, such as understanding how to solve a difficult problem, is sometimes called by the Germanword Aha-Erlebnis. The term was coined by the German psychologist and theoretical linguist Karl Bühler. It is also known as anepiphany.
In psychology, insight occurs when a solution to a problem presents itself quickly and without warning. It is the sudden discovery of the correct solution following incorrect attempts based on trial and error.
Insight was first studied by Gestalt Psychology, in the early part of the 20th century, during the search for an alternative toassociationism and the associationistic view of learning. Some proposed potential mechanisms for insight include: suddenly seeing the problem in a new way, connecting the problem to another relevant problem/solution pair, releasing past experiences that are blocking the solution, or seeing problem in a larger, coherent context.See more