Insight vs. Incisive

By Jaxson

  • Insight

    Insight is the understanding of a specific cause and effect within 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 (called noesis in Greek)

    an introspection

    the power of acute observation and deduction, discernment, and 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 German word Aha-Erlebnis. The term was coined by the German psychologist and theoretical linguist Karl B├╝hler. It is also known as an epiphany, eureka moment or (for cross word solvers) the penny dropping moment (PDM). Sudden sickening realisations identifying a problem rather than solving it, so Uh-oh rather than Aha moments are further seen in negative insight. A further example of negative insight is chagrin which is annoyance at the obviousness of a solution missed up until the point of insight, an example of this being the Homer Simpson’s D’oh!

  • Insight (noun)

    A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; frequently used with into.

  • Insight (noun)

    Power of acute observation and deduction


  • Insight (noun)

    Knowledge (usually derived from consumer understanding) that a company applies in order to make a product or brand perform better and be more appealing to customers

  • Insight (noun)

    Intuitive apprehension of the inner nature of a thing or things; intuition.

  • Insight (noun)

    An extended understanding of a subject resulting from identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario.

  • Insight (noun)

    An individual’s awareness of the nature and severity of one’s mental illness.

  • Incisive (adjective)

    Quickly proceeding to judgment and forceful in expression; decisive; forthright.

    “An incisive producer, who expressed vehement disapproval with my pitch upon my first sentence.”

  • Incisive (adjective)

    Intelligently analytical and concise.

  • Incisive (adjective)

    Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; sharp; acute; sarcastic; biting.

  • Incisive (adjective)

    Of or relating to the incisors.

    “the incisive bones, the premaxillaries”

  • Insight (noun)

    the capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something

    “his mind soared to previously unattainable heights of insight”

  • Insight (noun)

    an accurate and deep understanding

    “his work provides important insights into language use”

    “the town offers some insight into Finnish rural life”

  • Insight (noun)

    awareness by a mentally ill person that their mental experiences are not based in external reality.

Oxford Dictionary

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