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Should you trust your intuition?

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December 08, 2010 3:03PM

Yes, always trust your intuition.

Intuition is a thought, emotion, suspicion or hunch that something doesn't feel right.

It is a safety mechanism that exists to protect you from harm, or at least to make you think twice before you go about doing something.

There's a reason you are thinking a thought or feeling an emotion. Something in your memory, subconscious, or past experience is telling you to be careful. Something about the situation doesn't quite feel right- you may not be able to understand how or why but listen to yourself.

Our subconscious can pick up the tiniest clues from our environment before we consciously and rationally can understand what they mean or what to make of them.

For example, if you are walking down the street and you must turn right but something in you says to turn left, you might not know why you feel this way but just go left. You may have see an accident on that corner when you were younger, this might be a route where cars tend to speed or there might be an unsafe inconspicuous doorway you remember walking past or even seeing on the news. Whatever the reason, your mind and body are saying that it is safer to go the other way, even if you can't rationally explain why this is.

INTUITION DOES NOT JUST WORK IN NEGATIVE WAYS AS THIS POST SUGGESTS, IT CAN ALSO TELL YOU WHEN SOMETHING YOU ARE DOING IS RIGHT ALSO, FOR EXAMPLE WHEN GOING ON A DATE THAT FELT RIGHT, OR IT FELT WRONG.

NEW: In addition, studies have actually shown that our intuition is better at predicting whether a relationship will last.