How does your intuition work?

What is intuition and how it works in practice

What is intuition, and why people who listen to an inner voice, accompanied by good luck, and those who rely on the logic of fortune from time to time bypasses the side? Consider the manifestations of the sixth sense and the sounding of 11 intuition signals.

Everyone has intuition, but on average only about 10% of the contemporary people have a strongly developed sixth sense and effectively use the resources of the right brain hemisphere. In other words, they can correctly assess or predict the situation with limited experience and information, plus act effectively.

The reason for the small number of the circle of the “chosen ones” is the suppression of the inner voice from childhood. Parents teach the child to think first and then to do, while insight works instantly; teachers emphasize logic and employers emphasize analytics. However, there are encouraging facts – the ability to anticipate is activated and developed at any age. Take the “Intuition Test and Discover Your Potential.”

To the question, “What is intuition” – representatives of science answer briefly. This is the subconscious ability to analyze the situation in a fraction of a second and find the best solutions, without long arguments and meticulous conclusions.

According to studies, the right hemisphere of the brain saves all the information about the acquired life experiences. Moreover, the available unconscious knowledge is constantly supplemented with new skills, experienced feelings and emotions. Such combination of skills and feelings allows carrying out lightning-fast subconscious logical work, i.e. generating conclusions and giving answers to any questions.

In simple words, the definition of intuition sounds like this: it is a hunch, which is based on experience and knowledge, without thinking where it comes from. In other words, a momentary apprehension of the truth, unwarranted by evidence.

Synopsis. Intuition translates from Latin as “contemplation” or “to look intently,” that is, the apprehension of truth by means of perception. Rational explanations are contrasted with mystical interpretations – receiving information from higher forces.

Intuitive knowledge is considered unproven and questionable by skeptics. However, studies by scientists at various universities around the world confirm the validity of quick decisions. Pay attention to how intuition works: the sixth sense prompts answers either immediately or during relaxation (after effective mental activity).

To understand how intuition works, let’s understand the areas of responsibility of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and the peculiarities of their relationship, which can hardly be called a partnership. The right hemisphere perceives the world as a whole as well as in the smallest details. After all, the flow of “notifications” from all senses is directed to it, plus there is an excellent connection with the limbic system, which is responsible for emotions. The creative colleague is ready to help his neighbor, but quiet signals of intuition are promptly blocked by activation of the left hemisphere and connection of logic. Thus, the sixth sense is drowned out completely.

The left hemisphere is responsible for:

  • logic and the development of the intellectual quotient (IQ);
  • analytical approach in solving problems and problems;
  • sequential and step-by-step processing of information;
  • deepening in details and scrupulosity of their comprehension;
  • formation of notions of objects by their elements;
  • the logical approach to comprehending input data;
  • memorizing connections, diagrams, charts, and systems;
  • memorization of dates, names, and facts;
  • recognizing symbols and numbers, but not remembering faces;
  • control of speech, reading, and writing; propensity for explanation;
  • literal perception of meaning heard or read.

It is true that the left hemisphere does not differ in the speed of inference – it needs time to process incoming information. The speed depends on the novelty and complexity of tasks.

The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for:

  • intuition and the development of emotional intelligence (EQ);
  • memorization of emotions, feelings, experiences;
  • identification of faces, objects and objects;
  • understanding of metaphors, subtle cues and humor;
  • “pumping” nonverbal symbols and images;
  • processing data without conscious analysis;
  • orientation in time, terrain, and space;
  • abilities to various kinds of art;
  • ability to dream, fantasize and compose;
  • the ability to speak succinctly and with intonation;
  • belief in divine providence, fate, and mysticism.

Types of intuition still do not have an unambiguous and generally accepted classification. Psychologists consider the insight entrusted to the right hemisphere of the brain as a manifestation of instinctive feeling and name from four to two or more dozen types of intuition.

  1. Strategic intuition. The only kind of sixth sense that is triggered slowly when new approaches or creative ideas are needed, but bursts out unexpectedly like an insight (a sudden insight). Strategic insight, in turn, is subdivided into three other types of intuition: scientific, creative and professional.
  2. The intuition of experience. Intuition works in repetitive (similar) conditions, so it is activated immediately. If we talk about complex production collisions or brainstorming, the inner voice is particularly pronounced when the experience of 5 years or more.
  3. Physical intuition. These cues come in the form of emotions: mood deterioration or, on the contrary, elation; malaise or excellent state of health and burst of energy… Accordingly, conclusions are drawn about the potential success or failure of the undertaking.
  4. Emotional Intuition. Instantly warns of danger or of something “unknown”. Intuition signals are conveyed by: fear, inexplicable anxiety, anxiety. It is believed that this most powerful form of the sixth sense was inherited by our primitive ancestors.

Social Intuition. Allows you to correctly interpret people’s feelings, intentions, needs and motives for their actions, even by subtle signs. For example, subtle changes in intonation and voice pitch, as well as non-verbal signs such as eye movements, facial expressions and gestures.

The only universal answer to the question: how the sixth sense manifests itself is the presence of a response in the body and/or sensations. The difficulty is that intuition signals are absolutely individual and indefinite – only the host of the physical shell can interpret them. Although psychologists distinguish the most common “sounding range” of the inner voice or 11 basic signals:

  • Bad feeling of foreboding;
  • anxiety and excitement;
  • desire to cancel plans;
  • rapid breathing or heartbeat;
  • goosebumps running through your skin;
  • tingling in different parts of the body; – eyelid twitching or hand tremors;
  • pain of varying localization and strength;
  • stomach cramps;
  • nausea;
  • bad sleep…

Coach Anna Ageyeva: “Note: fiction writers often predict research in science and the direction of technological progress (this is the sixth sense). According to legend, Stephen King, interested in the issue of manifestation of intuition (after the plane crash from Denver to Boston), introduced himself as a journalist and got curious numbers. Allegedly the number of passengers who gave up their tickets for the tragic flight was 15% higher than usual.

Although there are no statistics in English-language official sources on the number of travel documents that passengers surrender or change. The reason: Over the past 30 years, more tickets are sold on popular flights than there are seats on the plane! Only two airlines a year sell 40,000 more travel documents than their airliners can hold. Add to that figure half a million travelers (on the 12 largest U.S. airlines) who find themselves overbooked on board and give up their seat for compensation. In short, although the facts are not confirmed – the novelist’s message has not sunk into oblivion. The Centers for the Study of Consciousness (at most institutes and universities) investigate the manifestations of intuition.”

Successful people with strong intuition do not hide the fact that they listen to the cues of the sixth sense. And the examples of intuition in science, described by scientists, are particularly credible.

Nikola Tesla – “the man who invented the XX century” and “the saint of electricity” was famous for his especially strong intuition (he had over 700 inventions and patents to his credit). Here is one of the earliest examples of the genius engineer’s hunch. When he was a sophomore, watching the DC machine with a collector, he said: “We can create an alternator without a collector” – for which he was ridiculed by his professor and classmates. However, a few years after graduation from the Technical College (now the Graz University of Technology), the generator was built.

By the way, Tesla’s idea about the possibility of creating an electric car almost a century later was realized by the richest businessman on the planet – Elon Musk. The first models of environmentally friendly cars rolled off the assembly line in 2008, and in 2020, every seven days, 5,000 cars would leave the factory for customers.

Mikhail Lomonosov and August Kekule are rightly considered to be people of strong intuition. The world-famous chemists had a sixth sense in a dream that prompted their discoveries. According to legend, Mikhail Vasilyevich dreamt of the periodic system of chemical elements, while Friedrich August’s dream was almost mystical. Tongues of flame were folded into chains, which, wriggling, turned into snakes. One of the reptiles of the scaly class grasped its tail and began to spin rapidly. After waking up, the scientist wrote down the cyclic structural formula for benzene, which has the form of a regular hexagon.

Another textbook example of intuition in science: the discovery of Archimedes’ law in the 3rd century B.C. King Giron (ruler of the eastern part of the island of Sicily), having suspected theft, commissioned a scientist to prove that the new crown was cast from an alloy of gold and silver. The engineer found the solution during relaxation in a public bath: when his naked body was immersed in the tub, the water splashed out on the floor… And the ancient Greek servants of science already knew that the density of gold is almost twice that of silver. As a result, the jeweler’s deception was revealed and the law is still taught in schools.

Among the people with strong intuition belong a number of outstanding scientists – Socrates, Newton, Einstein, Curie, Edison, Faraday… The most talented representatives of science recognized the role of the sixth sense in their discoveries and life.

Steve Jobs (billionaire and co-founder of Apple, Inc.) cannot be counted among the cohort of scientists, but he can rightfully be counted among the people with strong intuition. After studying for six months at Reed College (a private liberal arts university) he was expelled. However, at the beginning of the development of information technology his sixth sense suggested him possibilities: the creation of computers with an intuitive interface and tactile screens, the organization of virtual stores on the World Wide Web, including music… True, at first such ideas seemed to programmers utopia, respectively, his first project was marked by a crushing failure – but now we cannot imagine any gadgets without such functions.

George Soros (billionaire and philanthropist from the United States) in his book “Soros on Soros” describes a personal example of intuition: “When I was actively managing the Fund, I had back pain. I interpreted the onset of lower back cramps as a signal that there were problems looming in business. The ailment prompted me to look for shortcomings in my work, which otherwise I might not have done. Although, of course, this is not the most scientific way to manage investments.”

The richest entrepreneurs on the planet – Ray Kroc (owner of McDonald’s) and Henry Ford (owner of car manufacturing plants) referred to their examples of intuition …

And thousands of candidate and doctoral theses have been written about the influence of intuition in art, for not a single masterpiece in painting, music, sculpture, architecture would have been created without the prompting of the inner voice…

Popular politicians, such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, have also echoed them. The greatest Briton in history stated that the voice of intuition had saved him from death three times: during two wars (the Boer War in Africa and World War II), plus an assassination attempt and an attempt to blow up his car.

11 signs that your intuition is working right and trying to tell you something important

Incredible Facts.

When we have a big decision to make, we either seek advice from loved ones or we listen to our intuition.

And most of us, though, choose the latter option.

Intuition is a feeling that often bails us out of trouble and helps us solve serious problems.

Sometimes, however, we don’t see or ignore the signs our intuition sends us.

What is intuition?

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Clinical psychologist Sarah Schewitz states:

“Intuition is a surreptitious suspicion when you sense: something is going wrong, but you can’t tell why.

Intuition can be a powerful guiding force. Some people have it more developed, others don’t. Some people have a strong desire or feeling when something goes wrong, while others, with less developed intuition, may experience strange feelings, but they are not quite sure how to interpret them.

Some people are born with strong intuition and are able to listen to it from an early age, while others develop their intuition over the years and learn to tune into it.

This helps to increase your sense of self-confidence. The more you love and trust yourself, the more you turn to your own intuition for help.”

The following 11 signs indicate that your intuition is working right and trying to tell you something:

Intuition Signs

1. You are experiencing a peaceful sensation in your chest or abdomen area

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Sometimes your intuition is so strong that you can physically feel the effects of it.

While some people may feel a sense of peace in their chest and heart area, others feel a kind of toning in their abdominal area.

“Many people describe their intuition as certain sensations in their chest or stomach. Often they talk about tension in those areas and a feeling that something isn’t working,” says psychologist Shewitz.

2. You feel confident and happy even when the decision doesn’t seem rational

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Do you have moments when you dream of quitting your job, but not for financial reasons? That moment of clarity means that your intuition is trying to talk to you and suggest a better option.

Although it doesn’t seem logical, the thought you have may be the answer you and have been looking for for a long time.

“When your intuition speaks to you, and when you learn to tune into it, you feel confident and clear. When you fear the ego speaks into you, however, you begin to feel fear and insecurity,” Shewitz says.

Hearing your intuition in time and recognizing its signals is quite a challenge, but it has to be done.

3. You can dream conscious dreams

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If a house is collapsing in your dreams or you’re being chased by a giant spider, it’s possible that this is how your intuition is trying to talk to you.

“Intuition can manifest itself in many forms: dreams are a primary way of communicating with spirits. It is also important to document your experiences. Since intuition often has no definite time stamp, sometimes we can intuitively gather things about our past, present and future.

I recommend that my patients take notes and write down in a diary all the dreams, specific feelings, impressions that they experience,” says the famous psychic Thomas John.

Such notes help to make sense of themselves and contribute to an understanding of what is happening.

Signs of intuition

4. You notice that the same opportunities keep knocking on your door

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When your intuition tries to connect with you, it may try to get your attention by making you notice little recurring patterns and elements throughout your life.

Wanted to find a new job, but were afraid to look for one? Your intuition may be subtly hinting that it’s time to change jobs and dramatically change your life.

And then you regularly and as if casually come across certain career articles or study job postings that catch your eye.

Or maybe someone you know suddenly sent you a link to an interesting job ad. It could also be a sign.

“I felt like my intuition was trying to talk to me, for years it was sending me clues. Opportunities kept knocking on my doors, and I finally noticed it. Unfortunately, it took years to figure it out,” says career counselor Jill McFayden.

5. An unexpected moment of insight

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Have you ever had a moment of insight while in the shower, driving a car, or in another situation?

This is an example of your intuition trying to talk to you.

When you allow your mind to rest (i.e. meditate), it opens up, allowing your thoughts and emotions to flow more freely.

Your intuition speaks to you, usually at times when you are less busy. For example, it can give you clues when you’re asleep, when you’re not trying to draw it to you, when you’re finally distracted and not focusing on what you’re looking for,” says McFayden.

6. You notice that your thoughts in a certain direction are rather muddled

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Our intuition usually always finds ways to lead us in the right direction. But sometimes we miss the signs or choose to purposefully ignore them.

However, if we notice that our brain often goes back to a certain thought , then it may be worth thinking about and paying attention to that thought and how we are feeling in the moment.

“What I often teach people is that if you get signals from your intuition and you don’t hear them, don’t see them or ignore them, they will manifest in different ways over and over again.

Repetitive thoughts (though often confusing), incomprehensible dreams and a craving for something that seems unusual or unexpected. But these are also signs that our intuition is trying to signal and tell you something.

Pay attention to those thoughts that seem to come out of nowhere. Remember that intuition has nothing to do with logic and does not come from the brain,” says John.

7. You may notice that your instincts and intuition are out of sync

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Sometimes your rational instinct or your ego tries to protect you from failing or making a mistake.

And while your instincts help you survive, your intuition, on the other hand, sometimes tries to fight fears, indecision and fear of failure so that you can make the right decision and fulfill your dreams.

Instinct is an automatic response that has to do with survival. Intuition is more developed and focused on your highest good.

For example, instinct may be to stay in your job because it is safe and stable and because it is a reliable source of income, albeit a small one. Instinct is a rather cautious thing.

Your intuition, on the other hand, can encourage and nudge you to leave your job and start a new business that is more profitable and interesting. For example, an intuition can encourage someone to start their own business,” says John.

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8. You feel uncomfortable and indecisive in certain situations

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When you listen to your intuition, you tend to feel happy. But if you choose to ignore it, there can be a wave of anxiety as well as a sense of unease.

For example, you may listen to your ego to make a safe but wrong decision instead of listening to what your heart is trying to tell you.

“Your intuition is trying to tell you something when you feel uneasy. This anxiety can manifest as lack of focus, tone in your abdomen, pressure in your chest and heart,” says a psychologist.

9. You can get sick.

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When you don’t listen to your intuition, you can put yourself under stress and harm your body.

Physical signs, such as anxiety or even illness, can slowly creep into your life because your intuition is trying to tell you that you need a change.

“Physical signs in the early stages can make you feel like something isn’t quite right or something isn’t right.

But because many of us tend to ignore our intuition, these feelings can naturally escalate into something more serious and spill over into anxiety or even depression, for example.

In fact, depression is a physical sign that you are not living your life the way you would like to.

Remember: Illnesses come to a person from unfulfilled desires.

When these obvious feelings that our intuition gives us are ignored, eventually our body can become ill. It uses sickness as the last way to tell us that we need to make some changes in our lives,” says Holmes.

10. You have a sense that this feeling won’t go away

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If a particular thought keeps popping up and swirling around in your head over and over again, there’s a special reason for it. If you feel like the sensations you’re experiencing with that thought won’t leave you, it’s also a signal of something important.

It means that your intuition is probably trying to talk to you. Be more receptive to such subtle hints and signals she gives you. Recognizing her signals will make your life much easier.

“The best way to determine whether this thought is the voice of your intuition telling you something is that you should have a feeling that it ‘won’t go away.

11. You feel inspired.

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Do you know that it’s your intuition that speaks to you when you feel inspired and inspired?

It can happen after watching an inspirational YouTube video or watching a show.

Hearing someone’s words of wisdom can suddenly inspire you and make you want to make changes in your life. Your thoughts go in the right direction, your intuition tells you the right path to take in order to realize your plans.

“Your intuition may begin with a feeling of happiness or excitement (if it’s something good). A stronger intuition, though, may be a desire or urge to do something creative or beneficial for yourself or others,” says Holmes.

In general, it takes a long time to learn to understand and listen to your intuition. Sometimes it takes years or even a lifetime.

Your ego may try to interfere, but if you try hard enough, you’ll eventually learn the difference between the two senses and prefer what your intuition dictates.

Always try to be guided by your heart. The more you listen to it, the happier and safer the choice you make will be.

And when you make the right choices, you feel remarkably happy and reassured.

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