Are gut feelings reliable, or are they merely insecurities?
Meaning getting vibes about people, or even your spouse. What is this painful, butterfly feeling we have in our gut mean?
Two of the biggest mistakes I ever made as a parent were not going with my gut. I think they are reliable.
I think "gut" feelings are those we haven't picked apart logically and put words to yet. They can be very useful if fully understood.
For example, if you meet someone and you just "have a bad feeling" about him, it's not just something your stomach made you feel. He probably said something you thought was no good, or had alarming body language. I think knowing oneself is the best way to truthfully decipher gut feelings.
We are born with instincts for survival, which in turn means our sense is turned on when there's danger, or something is wrong. Yes, they are most definitely reliable and necessary to survive. But some of us do not use them, trusting our head or logic more, which can be a mistake.
You know how dogs sense when they don't like someone they don't know? Or when a deer in the wood senses he's being watched? They are animals like us. We forget we are all animals because we've been "turned" so to speak, so going back to nature, to our utmost primal base of existence is a skill we have to now develop and really pay attention to.
Painful butterfly feeling we have in our gut could mean love or we really shouldn't have that burrito. LOL
"Know yourself, Love yourself, and Trust yourself".
If something doesn't feel right to you, it's probably not right for you.
Unless you ALWAYS feel people are up to no good there is no reason you should ignore your inner guide. The biggest regrets most people have are those that involved them (ignoring) their gut feelings or "red flags". They end up saying, "Something told me not to...etc"
I think it depends. It is important to know the difference between the two. Like another poster said, if you always have bad feelings about everyone, then the you might be the one with the issue.
Otherwise, I think that they are reliable. There are reasons that you get that feeling. It can be what a person says, or it can be how that person says it.
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