Most cops call it a hunch. My dad called it the “asshole alarm” and he explained it to me this way: “Not everybody has the gift. But if you got it, you got it, and if you do, then you’ll be able to spot an asshole a mile away. Don’t have to talk to them. Don’t have to know anything about them. You can just spot ’em. They have that look. And you’d better hope you got the gift, Son, ’cause if you don’t, yer screwed.” It’s hard to argue with logic waxed so poetically, isn’t it?
But what exactly is it, this indefinable “thing” that allows us to size up situations, and people, in the mere ‘blink of an eye?’ Is it really a 6th sense housed somewhere in our subconscious psyches? Are we hard wired with an innate “intuition” about other people? Does true definable intuition even exist?