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Why you should listen to your gut reaction and dismiss it with caution

posted by Peter October 3, 2016 2 Comments

Always remember your first reaction.

It has a lot going for it other than the fact that it is your own.

Why?

Because so often, and this is proven by scientific research, your first or gut reaction is right.

And, just to rub it in, over-analysing something can often be totally detrimental. You get so mixed up, you’re not sure what decision to make. That’s why it is good to remember that first response.

Your gut feeling is an instant reckoning

They (they being the experts) think that listening to your gut is an almost instant reckoning of past experiences, choices, decisions, advice and reading you’ve done through your life.

As Daniel Epstein says in his Unreasonable.is website (http://unreasonable.is/opinion/listening-to-your-gut-lets-give-it-the-credit-it-deserves/), instead of calling it listening to your gut, is should be called listening to your faster intelligence.

Looked at this way it becomes a lot easier to be confident when you’ve got to make a big decision. That little voice doesn’t often lie!

A very good article at psychologytoday.com says it very well. (http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200704/gut-almighty)

The best explanation psychologists offer about intuition (= gut feeling) is it is a mental matching game.

“The brain takes in a situation, does a very quick search of its files, and then finds its best analogue among the stored sprawl of memories and knowledge. Based on that analogy, you ascribe meaning to the situation in front of you.”

However, the same article advises that for financial decisions, a gut reaction is probably not the best. Analysis is the best option in this case.

So, mostly trust your gut – it has a lot more going for it than just digesting your food.

And a final word from Albert Einstein (a man who has a fair swag of quotes to his name it must be said).

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

gut reaction can be good advice

Einstein has a number of quotes; some to do with intuition and gut feeling

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