Throughout much of recorded history, in the writings and oral traditions of many diverse cultures, people strongly believed in an intelligent heart. As a child, I often was told to go your heart for the answer and listen to your heart. When I did, I often found insight or clarity on a problem I was facing. In Sunday school, teachers talked about the “still, small voice in the heart” and it made sense to me. They never said the “still, small voice in the head,” which often for me was a voice of self-doubt.
As I grew older, I adopted views about intelligence that I learned in school: that the ability to learn, understand, reason, and apply knowledge was a function of the brain in the head. It never occurred to me that the intuitive sense or clarity I gained by listening to my heart had anything to do with my physical heart. So when I read about research into “heart intelligence” I was fascinated.