Is your gut feeling useful or not?
A lot of people talk about their gut feeling and how useful it is. We’ve all had experiences where we feel, “Yes, I’m going to that,” or “No, I’m not going to do that,” and it’s turned out to be right.
My perspective on this is that it’s not always aright.
Your gut feeling is about what lies outside your conscious awareness. Your brain is constantly sensing, hearing, observing along with running your body, storing your memories etc. It is constantly taking things in, at any given moment.
In this week’s video I discuss how you get that gut feeling, what influences it and whether it’s likely to be accurate or not. Watch the video and think about what influences your gut feeling and whether it’s useful or not.
There are some key influences on our “gut feeling.”
- Firstly, our neurons that are involved with taking action light up whether you are taking the action or someone else. It’s called a mirror system and that forms part of the intuition. So if someone does something it’s almost like we are doing it and that helps with that gut feeling.
- Another influence is our past experience. If you have relevant experience and you get that gut feeling and you make that decision quickly, in the spur of the moment, then that is likely to be quite accurate. However, if you haven’t got relevant experience, you’ll take longer to think about something and work out what you feel about it and that’s less likely to be accurate.
- Thirdly, if you’ve had past experiences that haven’t been particularly pleasant and you are getting dragged back to those experiences regularly then when you come to make a quick decision you might rely on that past experience and that may not be helpful.
Have a little think about when you use your feeling and work out what influences it and whether it’s useful or not to you in a particular situation.
If you’d like to find out a little more about how your unconscious mind influences you, and use it to go forward and be the person you want to be then book an appointment here. My phone number is 07973 635102 if you want to access a free half hour with me or you can book it on the above link.
See you next week
Dr Bridget – helping you to refine your gut instinct