How often do you trust your intuition

Intuition: When the inner voice has a say

“I followed my inner voice - and it went wrong”. How many times have you said this yourself or heard it from others? If you ask me, never have I ever. But the other side of the coin is well known to me. People often seem to say that they made a right inner decision. From their intuition. Out of gut instinct. Out of that subtle “somehow-I-knew-deep-inside” feeling.

But where does this intuition actually come from? And can we always trust her or is it sometimes better to weigh up our decisions with the help of a mental plus-minus list in the good old planned economy manner? Get ready for a semi-scientific incitement to follow your gut.

What is intuition - A definition

Defining intuition is delicate. Because it is precisely the core of intuition that encompasses something intangible. Something immeasurable. Something we don't see in a microscope. The nice thing about it? We'll explain it to you anyway.

First of all, we need to differentiate between our conscious and subconscious in order to explain intuition. Because man bathes in a sea of ​​unconscious information that is constantly affecting us.

However, our conscious mind, i.e. what we consciously process, can only absorb a fraction of it. This is of course not entirely impractical, because it enables us to concentrate and not get lost in the abundance of stimuli.

The sixth Sense

On the other hand, this large system also has a disadvantage: We lose access to our sixth sense. The sixth sense, the term that Albert Einstein coined, is the level that we cannot perceive through our five standard senses.

One can equate this sixth sense with the word intuition. Intuition in the root of the word means that we “look” at something that is not created through reflection.

And it is precisely for this reason that we cannot consciously explain what happens in those moments when we have access to our intuition. Because we are then in a realm to which the mind has no access. And so we often only know in retrospect: “Somehow I knew it”.

So let's summarize: Intuition means having an inspiration. An inner voice that tells you where to go. Something in us knows it is so. This “something” just cannot explain why it is so.

The heart: the gateway to our intuition

Is there really no logical explanation for these inspirations? Yes, there are. And the signs are condensing that the key to this lies in our hearts.

A study from 2004 showed that information that is not consciously processed has a direct impact on our heart. The heart quasi “answered” by sending out more electromagnetic impulses.[1]Electrophysiological Evidence of Intuition: Part 1. The Surprising Role of the Heart

Advanced physics and alternative scientific medicine are now quite clearly assuming that that we receive information directly with our heart.

In addition, according to the findings of the above-mentioned study, the heart should not only be able to absorb information, but also be able to pass it on to the brain so that we are able to receive the message.

In women, this communication between the heart and the brain should be better coordinated.

Which leads us to the next question: is women's intuition “better” than men's?

Female vs. male intuition

Is it a myth or a fact that men are more shaped by reason and logic and women are the intuitive gender?

Well, since intuition, as already mentioned, is not tangible, this question can hardly be answered scientifically. Instead, there are now a lot of studies and surveys in which men and women have been asked how they rate their intuition.

By and large, men and women tend to agree that the female sex has better intuition.[2]http://www.report-psychologie.de/news/artikel/typisch-weibliche-intuition-2014-03-05/[3]https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/apr/12/science.highereducation[4]Stereotypes About Men’s and Women’s Intuitions: A Study of Two Nations

However, this is based solely on subjective perception and is possibly shaped by the well-known cliché that women just have better intuition.[5]Intuition and Moral Decision-Making - The Effect of Time Pressure and Cognitive Load on Moral Judgment and Altruistic Behavior However, there is no concrete statement on this.

However, there are probably interactions between several factors. Because depending on the individual personality type, previous experience, openness to non-rational thinking, etc., women certainly differ from one another, as do men.

In the end, one thing remains - we simply cannot say whether and to what extent there is a biological difference between men and women in terms of the ability to intuition.

The intuition compared to the gut feeling

Perhaps you are now asking yourself: "But sometimes I notice straight away that something feels good’, so I can grasp intuition after all? ".

This level of decision-making also plays an important role in our lives. But at this point it is no longer about your intuition, which takes place via your classic senses, but about your gut feeling.

The gut feeling is more grounded and “grosser” than your intuition. It also does not feed on your argumentative thoughts, but on your experiences. It saves them and gives the right signals when you are faced with a decision.

For example, you may have had good experiences with a special place or special people. If you are now faced with a decision that involves similar factors, e.g. questions like ...

  • Would you rather go on vacation to an island or a European city?
  • Can you trust this person XYZ?
  • Will you like the food in this restaurant?

... your gut feeling will respond and also give you consistent or inconsistent feedback.

If you have a good gut feeling, we notice it, for example:

  • You will be pleasantly warm
  • The decision feels easy rather than difficult
  • The visualization of the decision initially gives you more energy than it pulls you down
  • You are mentally fresher and more alert instead of more tired

The power of intuition: why it is irreplaceable.

Your intuition - as well as your gut feeling - are real miracles. Miracles that sometimes scare us. Because on the one hand, these two “approaches” have the potential to make really good decisions. But on the other hand, they can also scare us. Because not infrequently they have provided exactly the opposite decision for us, which our mind does not like. Some examples:

  • Your inner voice tells you, "change your job", your head says "dangerous!"
  • Your inner voice tells you “meet this person”, your head says “just don't”
  • Your inner voice tells you “don't meet this person”, your head says “it could work”
  • Your inner voice tells you "I would like a juicy piece of salmon with onions at 9 o'clock in the morning", your head says "Have you ever looked at the clock?"
  • Your inner voice says “I have to tell the truth now”, your head says “Have you ever thought of the negative consequences?”

From these examples we can see that our intuition often has very clear impulses in store for us. Information that wants to help us lead a more coherent life.

Because consistency is always an individual matter, which is often so finely structured that even our own mind does not always have the best answers.

So what is the great gift of intuition? It is the potential to align our life with ourselves more and more clearly.

Strengthening intuition: this is how you learn to listen to your inner voice

But how do we tap into our intuition? First of all, we need to understand that we cannot tap into our intuition at will. Because the space in which it works lies in our subconscious and cannot be entered with force. So if you want to strengthen your intuition, those exercises are recommended that bring you freely, relaxed and openly into contact with your unconscious.

1. Trust

Trusting yourself is not always easy. Because there is no guarantee that a decision is correct in advance. So your mind will do a lot to confuse you with thousands of thoughts and ideas. Maybe he will also have a lot of counter-arguments ready for you. Because precisely this problem-solving function is the evolutionary main task of your mind.

Therefore: Use your arguments to determine whether your decision cannot have any dangerous consequences and whether you have not gone completely crazy.

At this point it is also advisable to ask one or two good friends. But when you have taken this hurdle - then trust your inspiration. Realize that there can be no good arguments for your intuitive decision. The intuitively good feeling is already the best argument.

2. Avoid stress

Stress is not a good advisor. Because it creates states in which we are more prone to fear and insecurity. To do this, it creates more activity in the prefrontal cortex. In other words, in times of stress we tend to over-analyze and make the supposedly most comfortable and safest decision.

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