INTUITION HAS AFFECTING OUR DECISIONS – EVERY DAY. BUT WHAT IS IT? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? AND SHOULD YOU TRUST YOUR BELLY BEFORE MAKING A FACT-BASED DECISION?
Every decision we make – stay at home or go out, shoot or play a pass, pull or suspend – is an instant cocktail of different motivations and information.Intuition vs Fact is a debate that we would often have especially when we are gambling. Be it online or at a landed casino, whenever we have to choose between hitting or standing, somehow, our heart and brains will never agree on one action.
We make our decisions with our heart, mind, and gut – but should we trust our emotional intuition or is trusting cold, hard facts the safest way? What is the heart of this mysterious, intuitive “gut feeling”? Is it possible to name it and say exactly what it is and where it comes from?
WHAT IS A BELLY FEELING?
Every decision we make, even the smallest binary decisions, are defined and controlled by a number of factors – they are made even without our conscious intent. A study by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig found that brain activity predicts the decision a person will make up to 7 seconds before it is made. Could this foreboding, this unconscious awareness of making the right decision, be the root of our gut feeling?
While it cannot have thought processing capacity on its own, the belly is still a remarkable and unique part of our body. Home to over 100 million brain cells, with its own nervous system, it is also the only organ ‘system’ that works independently of the brain. Some believe that this distinction shows the connection between intuition and the stomach itself.
But wherever our intuition arises, our innate ability to make instinctive decisions is certainly one of our finer skills. Even when our bodies are resting, our heads are hard at work – the research published in Current Biologyexplained how our brain can process data and plan decisions while we sleep, and thus prioritize when we are awake.
This is a research area that is still expanding – but whether you believe in data decisions or primarily trust your intuition, that much is clear, there is still a lot to learn about the decisions we make and why we make them ,
So what is your priority – what do you feel or what do you know?