This is my response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt word — Insight.
When I first learned of today’s prompt word, I stumbled around in the dark for a while, cursed a bit, thought I had an idea but wasn’t sure; thought I had better do a quick internet search just to reassure myself, and then BINGO! It came to me.
According to the Google dictionary, an insight is the capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something. In psychiatry, insight is the awareness by a mentally ill person that their mental experiences are not based in external reality. Well that’s straightforward. The definition accorded with my own understanding of the term. What more was there to know?
I don’t want to big note myself, but from time to time, some people have said to me that I can be quite insightful (when I concentrate). But this is not a job interview, so I’ve got no proof. You’ll just have to take my word for it. I’ve always wondered if that was because of my personality type, INFP – the features of which are introversion, intuition, feeling and perception, according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Again, no proof. Now my intuition told me that it was baloney that my insight was linked to my personality type. So I asked my old mate, Google, who told me the MBTI had been discredited. No kidding! The MBTI has been replaced by the Big 5 personality traits, otherwise known as the 5-Factor-Model. Factor analysis is applied to personality survey data to derive five personality descriptors. It is pretty decent apparently.
Anyway, in all my stumbling round I found that the business world is abuzz with the need for ‘insight’. It’s all about turning knowledge into insight so that they can sell things to people. I saw a quote from a CEO. It said:
“Casual observation and simply having knowledge is not enough. Insight definition takes work; it’s a skill that requires creativity, persistence and deep thinking to craft. The most powerful insights come from rigor and serious analysis to translate large amounts of data into concise and compelling findings. Organizations who want to use insights as the platform for organic growth require a process that is both scalable and repeatable so that it can become routinized within the organization with predictable long-term results. Use written insight statements guided by five key principles to turn research data into actionable insight to inspire new ideas for product and service development.”
At first I thought this was complete rubbish. But some part of me – I’m not sure whether it was the I, N, F, or P(aranoia) part – said, “Whoa. That’s deep.”
Can you imagine a future scenario where a couple of business dudes get hold of some Big 5 personality data, and are able to cross reference that against social media data of a much bigger group of people? Yep, bingo.
The moral of this story is be careful what you like.
If anyone feels up to it, perhaps do an internet search on what-is-insight-definition. It looks like a WordPress account.
Any resemblance to alternative scenarios is purely coincidental.