We constantly hear of the power of intuition but we rarely follow it or actually truth be told; very few of us know how to use it!
Psychologists refer to intuition as mental matching; meaning interpreting situations by association and referencing to our past experience.
For example, a doctor can take one look at a woman suffering from fatigue and shortness of breath and diagnose it as anemia thus showing immediate understanding of the situation.
Whatever rationale we use to define it, the bottom line is that it is that deeply routed voice from within us that guides us through challenging situations if we let it… It is the voice that gives us the first answer to a mathematical question – right before we question it, overanalyze it and wind up going for the wrong answer! This eventually leads to the disappearance of this wonderful built-in feature!
Dr. Antoine Bechara – a psychologist at the University of Southern California found that the absence of intuition could lead someone to become cognitively paralyzed! He ran an experiment on brain-damaged patients who could not form emotional intuition when making a decision… Apparently it took them two hours to decide between two kinds of cereal!
Blessed are those who can make quick decisions be it through natural intuition or a magic eight ball… They just choose a path and go for it without ever looking back… This mostly comes with experience although, in my view, we are all born with intuition!
We sometimes resort to friends and family for advice when in fact the answer lies within us… Intuition is like a muscle that needs training for it to become effective and loud enough for us to hear… Unless of course, we retained this skill from childhood and learned to trust in it enough to keep it around!