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Do you always follow your gut instincts?

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Hello everyone,

do you always follow your gut instincts when making decisions? Sometimes I cannot determine what my gut instincts is telling me. For example I have to attend an event but I'm unsure if I should go, but I know if I don't go I will feel guilty. :confused:

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No. I'm not very intuned with my inner voice.

I try to logically think decisions through using my head. Sometimes though when a decision is made and I'm unsettled my guts can tell me I need to change my mind.

If that makes any sense.

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I should have followed my gut instincts all the time, but I don't I try to reason out of it. Had some regrets from those decisions.:bluecry1:

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With everyday decision-making, I try to be analytical and weigh the cost-vs-benefit ratios; but with the hard stuff, I either go with my "gut"......or live to regret not doing so.

That's how I wound up with my husband. It should never have worked---we were polar opposites, came from different backgrounds, had a whirlwind courtship.......the whole thing didn't make any sense. Our families weren't too crazy about the idea, either; in fact, my mother didn't get on board with wedding plans until a couple of weeks before the ceremony.

But my instinct told me to trust it, so I did; and 31 years later, I'm still glad I listened to my gut instead of my family and friends. :redpinkhe

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Intuition is our subconscious brain putting the information together. Our subconscious brain tries to tell our conscious brain through that feeling of gut instinct.

How many times have you heard someone encourage you to trust the choice of your first answer on a multiple choice test? That's because your intuitive brain has put all the information together and directs you toward the correct answer. We have a tendency to logic ourselves right out of the correct answer.

To answer your question, Trist: No I do not always follow my gut instinct. In seeking answers to so-called important questions, I will neurotically logic myself into whatever answer comforts my neurosis.

Thanks for asking and good luck in making the best decision.

Dave

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:nmbrn: What Davey said.

My first thought was "no, I don't like it when people say trust your gut". But then I thought of the sage advice of self-defense experts who tell you when you are walking down a street to your car and you get a "hinky" feeling, pay attention and head to a place with people instead of to your car.

Davey's right - many times that feeling in your gut is your brain THINKING.

But sometimes, it is not. Sometimes our gut instinct is a way to justify doing something selfish and possibly harmful to ourselves or others.

We have to be very careful to learn to differentiate between the two.

Good post Davey!:up:

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Sometimes our gut instinct is a way to justify doing something selfish and possibly harmful to ourselves or others.

I do believe you are in the ballpark there, steph. For a lot of us, that selfish feeling comes from just a little bit lower than our gut, if you know what I mean.

Davey (Allusionist) Do

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I do believe you are in the ballpark there, steph. For a lot of us, that selfish feeling comes from just a little bit lower than our gut, if you know what I mean.

Davey (Allusionist) Do

LOL. :D

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I usually always follow my gut.. At work and at home... I want to say 99% of the time.

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Always... and I feel it's pretty accurate.

Sometimes I wish it were wrong.

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It depends on what you mean by following your gut. I am not superstitious, per se, but I do feel that in some circumstances a part of my mind is observing/sensing something out of the ordinary that I cannot consciously identify.

I try to follow my gut when providing patient care. If I feel something is wrong, but can't place my finger on it, I watch the person like a hawk and have other staff do so. So far, my gut has not steered me wrong.

Other aspects of life? Not so great at that. In "real life" I find it so hard to differentiate between a "gut feeling" and a really strong desire to find something I don't like about a situation so I don't have to get involved.

Any time I have a gut feeling, I try to justify it. Only once have I sent a patient out from my SNF due to purely a gut feeling (literally no actual signs or symptoms, but the doctor accepted my concern and gave me the order; guy wound up vented within minutes of arriving at hospital).

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