Does your gut instinct make it so?

2 years, 2 months ago

Do you think a gut instinct has the ability to be incorrect when it comes to something you are (potentially) learning about yourself?

I ask this because when it comes to using a gut instinct with other people we can often be right but there is the possibility of being wrong. But when it comes to ourselves a gut instinct about ourselves we generally tend to think that it must be so.

There might not be a scientific explanation for that feeling we get when we’re certain of something but can’t necessarily prove it at that point, but it definitely exists within all of us.

So, can your gut instinct deceive you or is it the safest bet we have after fact?

December 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

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Profile photo of Dreamer Dreamer (@heartbeat) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, in some cases we don’t have a gut feeling, we just think we know what we’re doing, and we mistake it for gut feeling. In those cases we lead ourselves astray. If we do have a real gut feeling, then it is like intuition the best thing you can trust after fact. But I don’t think most people know how to use or listen to their gut feeling, otherwise there wouldn’t be so much shit happening all around the world…:o

Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@staylucky, Well if your gut instinct is right it is called intuition but if it is wrong it is called impulsiveness.

Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

The gut feeling CAN always be wrong, because it operates on learned conclusions that aren’t fully solid. Instinct is just internalized understandings that have somehow made it into the genome, and these understanding are also just conclusions, not always solid.

When it comes to ourselves, we don’t have much of a gut instinct, because that’s not how we evolved. And also, because ourselves is a very sensitive topic to the ego, so the ego will step in the way of gut feeling, and try to emulate it, to keep you intact.

Never trust your first impression of yourself, always dig deep.

Profile photo of Jeslyn Jeslyn (@jeslyntweedie) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

First instincts, and long-term goals. Definitely can observe how this has worked out in my life, personally. Pretty cool.

[ Moore’s research focused on longer-term goals, such as getting in shape or undertaking educational pursuits.
For both types of goals, she says, the process is similar in that the unconscious identifies and responds to positively to objects and triggers in the environment that support the goal.
However, the unconscious deals differently with these objects during progress towards long-term goals.
[Moore says, unlike with short-term finite goals, the unconscious will continue to positively value objects related to the long-term goals even after a level of success has been achieved.
She says this phenomenon points to the indeterminate nature of the goal.
‘In some sense, we’re never “finished” long-term goals,’ said Moore.
‘If we successfully finish the small steps toward our long-term goals, it becomes a cycle: we take a small step, we succeed, we feel good about it; therefore, we continue to feel good about the long-term goal.
‘This process makes us more likely to take the next small step toward achieving that goal.’
What was surprising for the researchers was how participants in their study reacted to objects after a failure.
While the researchers expected the participants who failed to react negatively or express dislike for objects related to their test goal, Moore and her colleagues found that failure resulted in a neutral view of the objects.
‘You don’t hate the objects related to the goal because that goal is very important to you in the long run,’ said Moore.
‘Your unconscious is telling you ‘now is not the time to pursue the goal. You just failed, let’s leave it alone for a while.]

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