A Study in problem solving in the engineering sciences
This study investigated the link between creative thought and intuition. These
concepts were defined in terms of two psychometric tests used to measure
personality and interest. The two tests used were the 19 Field Interest
Inventory (19FII) and the Jung Personality Questionnaire (JPQ). Intuition was
measured on a continuum in terms of Jung’s conceptualisation of intuitionsensation.
Creative thought was conceived as both a cognitive and an
unconscious process. The research was quantitative in nature. A comparison
was done between the scores obtained on the personality questionnaire
(JPQ) and the interest inventory (19FII) in order to determine if there was a
link between intuition and creative thought. These results were inconclusive.
Thereafter the study investigated whether the subjects enrolled for an
engineering degree who used intuition as their dominant auxiliary function
performed well in a course designed to promote creative thought. The results
were inconclusive and this might be due to the small sample group and
numerous variables that were not controlled.
Key words: Jung, Intuition-sensation, intuition as cognitive conscious and
unconscious function, creative thought, stages in problem-solving, information
processing, 19 Field Interest Inventory (19FII), Jung Personality
University of Pretoria etd – Kleinot, K D (2005)