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Speaker: Sharsheret’s Clinical Supervisor Shera Dubitsky, MEd, MA
Many of our callers have identified challenges regarding relying on their intuition when making medical, familial and social, career, and overall quality of life decisions. Attributing meaning to your instincts can help you move forward in decision making.
You are consciously and unconsciously taking in information all the time. As you experience life and amass information, you begin to recognize patterns. Your brain unconsciously organizes these patterns into blocks of information – which is a process that social scientist, Herbert Simon, called chunking. Over time your brain chunks and links more and more patterns, and stores these clusters of knowledge into long-term memory. It may seem as if intuition arises from some mysterious inner source, yet, it actually comes from this stored information in our subconscious. Everybody has experienced that “hmmm” sensation – a familiar feeling or thought that waits for you to ascribe meaning. We often ignore this sensation until we look back in hindsight and think “I kind of had a sense that this would happen, but I chose to ignore it.”
What gets in your way of trusting your instincts?
How do you move forward when experiencing a gut feeling?
While moving forward with your gut feeling, every decision is a leap of faith. You don’t know what the outcome will be when making your decision. If the results of your decision are unfavorable, take what you learned, and make another choice. Just keep moving forward.
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