“The term “insight” describes an experience that is related to a state of understanding, which emerges into one’s conscious awareness with sudden abruptness.”
Therapist's should relish the moments when clients have insight into their problems. These ah-ha moments can move therapy forward in leaps and bounds, but like anything good they cannot be rushed or manufactured. As experiences therapists we often know (or at least think we know) the underlying issues and causes related to a problem a client presents with. We want to solve problems, its one of the reasons we do what we do, so we often fall prey to analysing and interpreting so as to edge the client toward a moment where they connect the information or pieces of their story in such a way that they fall over the truth. This is not necessarily wrong, but client generated insight far more valuable.
“Brain activation was simultaneously obtained using fMRI. Neuro-imaging results revealed that “Aha!” events exhibited more activation in the anterior part of the left lateral PFC and other brain areas than “non-Aha!” events, and the difficult-to-comprehend events.'
“Insight, as a problem-solving process, is not trial-and-error but a sudden and gestalt understanding of the problem’s elements.”
Good and timely insights that are client generated (or if therapist generated feel “right” to the client) basically rewire old circuitry in the brain. Things are re-filed under the new system. The mind has been changed and it can never go back to being quite the same way again.
Psychological & Cognitive Sciences May 2013 Vol.58 No.13: New advances in the neural correlates of insight: A decade in review of the insightful brain. SHEN WangBing1, LUO Jing2,3*, LIU Chang1* & YUAN Yuan1