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On Trusting Your Gut Instinct

trusting your gut instincts

Often when you find yourself stuck in a complex situation, the best thing you can do is to do what your gut says. When you don’t know any better, sometimes listening and trusting your gut feeling is what you should do. So what does the phrase trusting your gut instinct actually mean? Let’s go deeper into the details.

What Trusting Your Gut Means

It’s not like the name suggests that you are thinking through your stomach or your gut. You may find many a time that without any logic reasoning your gut feeling has helped you move in the right path or avoid following the wrong path. Its difficult for you to justify your action and decided just by saying that its your gut instinct. It doesn’t sound very scientific or logical. But experience has told you not to ignore your gut feeling. And that the feeling is definitely because of the experiences you have gained in your life. So its not just an instinct, its your body telling you to take the right decision or the right path.

Science Behind How Your Body Picks Up And Gets This Feeling (Subconscious)

Gut feelings or intuition or is the effect of the processing that occurs in the brain. Our brain is a predictive machine, continuously comparing current experiences and incoming sensory information with the stored memories and knowledge of previous experiences. Subconsciously, it makes a prediction of what will happen next.

Let’s take an example to better understand the science behind it. When someone makes you an attractive offer that is so convincing and so thorough and well-planned, you are attracted to what they are saying. Every document, every information seems legitimate. But, perhaps due to some experience you might have encountered in the past, you get a strange and unexplained feeling in your gut.  The gut feeling is basically your inner soul, your subconscious mind that makes you wary. It is telling you that there is something wrong and you should not accept the offer. 

Why Your Gut Knows Best

many a time one can be impulsive and make impulsive decisions. And sometimes, that impulse may or may not be the right decision. Many times, you will carefully and thoughtfully think out and still may not make the right decision. An experience might tell you that when you have ignored that gut feeling, you have regretted it. Its difficult to put so much faith into just a feeling. But it guides you in such a way that you cannot fathom. Actually, there are signs and reasons for that gut feeling. Its just that they are not apparent to you and for no strange reason, your gut feeling dictates you correctly. 


So you see, when you get that sinking feeling in your stomach, don’t take it lightly and ignore you gut feeling. Saying that, you don’t need to react impulsively on just a gut feeling. But pay attention to your body, heart, mind, and soul and respect it.

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