Can You Trust Your Gut Feelings and Intuition?

I've often had people tell me that they always trust their gut instinct. And certainly if you look online or on You Tube there are dozens of people, images and articles which claim that you should always trust your gut instinct or intuition. 

Many of these articles and so on talk about your gut instinct being your immediate understanding of something,  a moment of innate understanding or knowing that you should just act upon or make decisions upon without further thought or investigation. There are many quotes along the lines of always trusting your gut instinct and intuition because it knows what your brain hasn't yet figured out, or that if you have a certain gut feeling you should always trust it without exception.

But is that right? Can you always trust your gut feeling or intuition and act upon it in confidence that it is always right?

Should You Trust Your Gut Instinct? 

Should you always trust your gut instinct like the memes suggest? 

How about in a scenario like this? You're trying to lose weight for your health. You know that you need to do this and you are determined. Things are going well but then someone offers you your favourite sweet treat food. Suddenly your gut instinct is screaming at you to take the food and eat it. Or you're trying to quit smoking and go into a former trigger situation and then every part of you is filled with desire to have a cigarette, and your gut instinct is telling you to smoke. 

Or how about with anxiety? Your gut instinct and feeling here may be to avoid certain people or situations that increase your anxious feelings, or you may try and escape from those uncomfortable feelings and leave situations. With anxiety, your gut instinct is that something bad is going to happen or some worst case will occur.

I talk more about this in this video (click on the image): 

 

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In all of these situations (and many others besides) you probably wouldn't want to just trust your gut instinct and intuition. It could be plain wrong or at least result in decisions and actions that aren't beneficial.

Of course, that doesn't mean that you should just ignore your gut instinct. It may very well be a signal that something doesn't quite stack up or isn't how it usually is, or it could be a feeling caused by previous experience that should be considered.

So we can be informed by it, yet we still want to engage some objective thinking and reasoning to decide whether it is accurate or should be acted upon. In other words, we also need to think logically and intelligently about the facts and evidence to also inform the situation.

Gut feelings can sometimes be wrong, and so the more you can consider them alongside your thinking and reasoning, the better the actions and decisions you will make and the more positive the results you can achieve in your life will be.

To your happiness and success,

Dan Regan

Hypnotherapy in Ely & Newmarket

 

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