Should You Trust Your Intuition?

Should you trust your intuition?

Our brains process a large amount of information in our subconscious without even noticing it. However, our consciousness makes us imagine that we are aware of almost everything and that these things are completely under our control.

Some scholars, such as Kanheman and Tversky, have come to the conclusion that the human mind works in two different ways: in an analytical, thoughtful way, and in a secondary, automatic, intuitive way that works through the shortcuts of the mind and learned associations.

Thanks to that secondary way, we are actually able to form an image of some person in a very short, six-second moment. We sometimes call this skill the sixth sense. This so-called sixth sense helps us judge if something is good or bad.

Being able to quickly conclude whether a person is a threat to our physical or mental well-being or whether he or she is angry, sad, happy, or fearful is important to our well-being and survival. Studies show that women have a better ability than men to differentiate and read other people’s feelings quickly, noticing if a person is lying or even recognizing whether this spouse really loves this or not.

Following these characters becomes automatic and therefore, the older we get, the more we rely on our intuitive skills. Intuition is in large part when it comes to love. Often we can’t fully say what is the thing that tells us if someone really loves us or not. Thus, it seems that the heart really has a reason why it allows the “sixth sense” to guide it.

Simply put, intuition allows us to quickly identify and categorize different situations, people, and consequences, but intuition can also be a danger. Sometimes too much emotionality and too little thinking can lead to inconvenience.

Dangers of intuition

Throughout our lives, we accumulate intuition skills that allow us to form opinions and act quickly. However, we may also make mistakes. In fact, we do them quite often.

One clear example of this is that sometimes we succumb to feeling emotionally carried away so hard that we don’t notice that the person we have let close hurts us. We have also certainly sometimes seen in a newscast a police officer who mistreates a person from an ethnic background because he or she has already formed a preconceived notion of his or her guilt.

For this reason, we need to practice identifying situations where our prejudices may be wrong. It is important that at the time  when we rely on prejudices or mututuntumamme, weigh it, whether prejudices criteria. It is important that we do not let our emotions dominate us, that we keep our eyes open and that we weigh things when it is time to act.

Intuition and fear

Many people feel intense fear when they think of traveling by plane. Despite the fact that a bus accident would be 37 times more likely than death in a plane crash, people tend to travel carelessly on the road.

There are countless reasons why we feel more fear of tragic fatal accidents (such as a plane crash) than of silent killers (such as tobacco), which cause the loss of millions of lives each year. This is one of the greatest dangers of relying on intuition: it makes us blind and doesn’t let us think with reason.

It is important that we give our intuition the space it needs. However, we must also keep in mind that we must give way to reality just as much. Following intuition carries risks, but we should still not ignore our inner voice. That voice that cries out to us in silence “Don’t get this person near you!”, “Don’t be afraid to make a change!”, “Follow your dreams!” or “Do this thing because you like it!”

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