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Intuition: When is it right to trust your gut instincts?

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Observations suggest that our intuitions are an essential part of our decision-making toolkit — that should be ignored at our peril.

The power of intuitive decision-making may be especially important when we are processing a high volume of complex information that is too difficult to remember precisely. In these cases, we can benefit from letting our minds wander to another — unrelated activity — as the unconscious brain crunches the data and makes the decision for us.

If you want to fine-tune your intuition, then, you might first try to get in touch with your emotions more generally — carefully interrogating what exactly you are feeling and the sources of that mood. Over time, you may find it easier discern when you are receiving a genuine and accurate signal. Your gut feelings will never be completely fool proof, but with practice they can become an important guide.

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