Intuition and Gut Feelings....Do You Trust Your Instincts? Here's Why You Should!

Intuition and Gut Feelings....Do You Trust Your Instincts? Here's Why You Should!

I think there is a common misconception about the term intuition. Intuition is a not about being psychic, or any other phenomenon that makes people skeptical. Your intuition is the same as your gut feeling, and many believe in trusting their gut. That gut feeling is alarm bells going off in your brain telling you something, or someone is off, or things are just not right.

Intuition is defined as an ability to understand, or know something without needing to think about it, or use reason to discover. It is a feeling. It bridges the gap between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. Decisions based on gut instinct may not always work out, but those decisions will partly be based on past experiences and your own knowledge.

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When I was in the military I worked with sexual assault victims. During my training, the local police department's Sexual Assault Victim's unit visited. One of the things they stressed was the importance of trusting your intuition. Often times, victims sensed they were in danger. Their gut told them it was a bad idea to be alone wth a particular person, or that they were being followed. They didn't listen to those alarms going off in their head, and the outcomes were often not good. The lesson was to listen to your gut. It may save your life.

Over the years, I have learned to trust my intuition over anything that I am being told or seeing. If someone wants to deceive, they will put on an act, and they will lie. A smiling face means nothing in particular to me. There is a reason for the common saying, "believe half of what you see and none of what you hear". Now don't get me wrong, this is not about seeing and believing the worst in others. I don't have alarms bells going off all the time. But it is about trusting yourself over what someone else is doing or saying, especially when you are sensing a hidden agenda.

The takeaways are to trust your intuition, and know yourself. What is the worse that could happen? If you think someone is in love with you, then they probably are. If you feel someone dislikes you, you are likely right. The advice to people in relationships is always, if you think he or she is cheating then they probably are or are thinking about it. Lastly, if you feel you are in danger then get out of there. 

So I ask you this, do you trust your gut, or do you foolishly ignore it? Have you ever had someone try to convince you your gut was wrong by gaslighting you? I have....

You know the truth, by the way it feels. - Unknown

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