By Lynnie Stein / October 12, 2018

Trusting your Gut

Intuition is often lauded as the key to decision making. Should you always follow your gut, or is it more complicated?

What does trust your gut instinct mean?

Trusting your gut means following the physical feelings your body gives you that you are making the right or wrong decision. They are feelings of intuition that occur when the neurons in your gut communicate with those in your brain

Some of the best advice you’ll ever get will come from your gut instinct.

A sixth sense, hunch, or gut feeling: Whatever you choose to call it, the sudden flash of insight from deep within can inspire plenty of faith.

Always trust your gut. It’s well-worn advice. But is it always wise?

  • The old saying “trust your gut” refers to trusting these feelings of intuition, often as a way to stay true to yourself.
  • Speaking up the gut, we often say it’s integral to the decision-making process.
  • It’s your “second brain”, Gut Goddess has often said.
  • It’s why you get butterflies – that gut feeling is literally an instinct coming from the stomach.
  • Intuition is often lauded as the key to decision making.
  • Should you always follow your gut, or is it more complicated?

“Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind.

One intuits it”

 Coco Chanel

90-95 per cent of serotonin, the happiness chemical, is made in the gut.

  • However, there may be limits to what it can tell us.

Your gut instinct can be hijacked by your brain or clouded by fear.

  • Maybe we should always trust and go with our gut, but we may not always have genuine access to it.
  • Past literature has taught us this deep truth.
  • The original title of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was revealing:
  • First Impressions.
  • It teaches us two things: they matter, but those first impressions, made in your gut, can also lead to prejudice if you place too much emphasis on them.

Signs of a gut feeling

  • a flash of clarity
  • tension or tightness in your body
  • goose bumps or prickling
  • butterflies in the stomach
  • a sinking sensation in the pit of your stomach
  • sweaty palms or feet
  • thoughts that keep returning to a specific person or situation
  • feelings of peace, safety, or happiness (after making a decision)

So has anyone’s genuine gut instinct ever been wrong?

  • Ask that ? when you go on a first date. Or chatting with someone on a dating site.
  • The reality is they’re never just going with the gut.
  • We are way too complex for that; we can’t segregate the gut from the brain, they’re intrinsically linked.
  • Unless in an emergency knee-jerk situation, there’s always some element of higher-order thinking exerting influence, even subconsciously.
  • Being the Gut Goddess I have worked with many clients … I believe that always coming back to your gut is excellent advice,
  • ONLY Once you strip away all the crap, you can tap back into it.
  • What are your thoughts?

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations.

I sometimes feel that I am right.

I do not know that I am”

albert einstein
  • Time and practice can hone your intuition, so give your gut feelings the consideration they deserve.
  • Tuning in to emotions and bodily cues can help you practice listening to your gut and learning when to trust it.
  • When you struggle to identify gut feelings or have a hard time separating them from anxious thoughts, a therapist can help you cultivate the ability to tell them apart.


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