By Martha Beck
Sure, we’d all love to trust our instincts—if only we could hear them. Martha Beck reveals how to quiet what you’re thinking long enough to figure out what you actually feel.
“Listen to your intuition,” they say. “Trust your gut.” But what if you’re so paranoid that you fret about a nuclear attack on rural Wyoming, or so optimistic that you watch Bambi over and over, certain that this time his mom will survive? What can you do to ensure that your true feelings aren’t being distorted?
The problem is that none of the folksy phrases telling us to trust our instincts explain what an “instinctive hunch” looks like. On top of this, we spend our whole lives being taught to override our intuition. We’re taught to think things through, really think about it, give it some thought. News flash: Instincts aren’t thoughts. They’re grounded in feelings. And learning how to see through a thought-based reaction to the instinct beneath it is a powerful way to steer yourself toward a happy, healthy life.
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