What is intuition? In this article we take a dive into the topic.
Ever had a feeling that something in your life is not quite right? Or maybe you've felt your gut pulling you in a direction that didn't make any sense.
Either way, these urges or hunches are something known as intuition. Intuition is something that you should learn to listen to in your everyday life.
Intuition is one of what are called your '6 Intellectual Factors' - the others being imagination, memory, perception, reason and will.
How Does Intuition Work?
Many people think that intuition is simply a feeling, while others think it is something similar to a premonition.
No matter what you believe, it would help if you considered intuition a form of knowledge.
According to Psychology Today, intuition is a special pattern matching knowledge that your mind gathers subconsciously.
It does this by noting things that avoid your conscious notice and matching them to other things that you may have noticed over the years.
Then your intuition uses this information to draw conclusions and warn you when something may be wrong.
When Can Intuition Present Itself?
Although intuition is commonly felt when there is danger near, there are other times that you may notice that your intuition is trying to tell you something.
Some examples include during a business deal or when deciding what to wear in the morning.
Maybe you wanted to wear a short-sleeve shirt but find yourself pulled to the long sleeve shirt instead.
This feeling is your intuition telling you that it's probably going to be cold later, or perhaps that you will be more comfortable in the long sleeve shirt than you will be in the short sleeve.
How Do You Know it's Your Intuition?
Most of the time you will get a nagging feeling that won't go away no matter what you do.
However, sometimes your it can cause physical symptoms as well. Like you may be out on a date and suddenly feel sick to your stomach.
This could be your intuition telling you that something is wrong and that you should go home instead of continuing the date.
Intuition can also sometimes present itself as a headache or other sorts of pain in your body.
This is why it is important to develop your intuition. You need to listen to your body to know when your intuition is trying to speak.
Overall, intuition is the nagging feeling in the back of your mind, but it is more than just a feeling.
It is a collection of subconscious knowledge to help you make decisions when you really need it.
So next time you go to do something and find that you have a weird feeling or sensation, it's probably time to listen to your intuition.