What is intuition and how to use it wisely? We all have felt at least once in our lives that there is an inner wisdom in us that directs us to better choices, but at the same time, we all have inner impulses that often lead us to the wrong places.

This inner wisdom is called intuition and its role is to warn us of impending danger and help us make reasonable decisions. It is something that pushes us to perceive truths and lies and protects us from all sorts of pitfalls, helping us better navigate life (some argue that it is the voice of our guardian angel).

But we do not always trust it. Maybe because it often does not agree with common sense. But it is our mistake: Intuition is a personalized, valuable tool, only if one knows how to use it correctly and not confuse it with impulses, irrational fears, and selfish desires.

How to tell the voice of your intuition from impulses and fears?

There are two ways that might help you understand if the inspiration you have is intuition or some kind of impulse. If you happen to make a completely spontaneous decision, do not try to rely on your logical thinking. Instead, pay attention to how you feel. The right choice causes a feeling of joy and relief while the wrong one causes tightness.

Intuition works based on a flow of emotions, not thoughts (such as repulsion, feeling of danger, relief, sadness, joy, peace, restlessness), or sudden inspiration.

You can read more about making sense of what you feel and understanding whether it is a gut instinct or irrational fear in this article.

What is intuition, according to science?

There are some people who act in accordance with their intuition, which is difficult for scientists to accept. So researchers at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Harvard tried to shed light on how the intuitive types think. They found that intuition is closely linked to religious faith, which means that faith in God may lead to a stronger reliance on intuitive thinking and vice versa.

Intuition = power

As Amitai Shenhav, who took part in the research, stated, being able to make quick, intuitive decisions can give you great power in everyday life. And the brain’s ability to ignore all available (logical) data in order to provide an automatic, intuitive response is excellent. How does the brain do it? Science does not know yet. However, as Einstein said:

“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

So, what is intuition? More likely than not, it is a little-understood mechanism in the human brain, which lets us make the right decisions in an unconventional way, i.e. by surpassing our logical thinking.

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