What is intuition? Is it the same thing as a gut feeling? Is intuition the same for everyone? After making a series of bad decisions that led to the death of a friend, Sunil Godse spent thousands of hours researching how to help people stop making poor decisions by sharpening their intuition. Intuitionology was born.
In this episode of Wingnut Social, Sunil talks about how to define intuition, the science of intuition, the four intuitive hurdles, and the four types of intuition. Whew. The episode is jam-packed with fascinating science and intuition-based information. Don’t miss it!
What You’ll Hear On This Episode of Wingnut Social
[1:30] FREE visibility training
[3:08] The dos and don’ts of Instagram
[8:53] The science of intuition
[9:23] All about Intuitionology
[16:34] How accurate is a gut feeling?
[21:47] The four intuitive hurdles
[28:26] How to differentiate fear
[33:27] The four different types of intuition
[39:41] Intuition is a two-way street
[45:27] The What Up Wingnut! Round
[51:41] Blooper Reel!
Connect with Sunil Godse
Sunil’s TEDx Talk
Intuitionology Seven Day Challenge
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Resources & People Mentioned
FREE visibility training on March 3rd at 1 pm Est. with Amanda Berlin
Amanda Berlin’s Wingnut Social Episode #190
The Brain-Gut Connection
BOOK: Power vs. Force
Intuition is defined by individuals
How do you view intuition? When Sunil was 5, he wanted video games, which his Dad said were expensive. A voice in his head told him to go door-to-door to raise money. Other times, he had “things” in his mind telling him what not to do. What are these “somethings?” How do you define it? For some people, it’s a voice from God, spiritual manifestation, etc. But that didn’t resonate with Sunil. He refers to these “somethings” he felt as “signals.”
Sunil started interviewing people about intuition. He went to a neurologist and talked to him about the science of the gut and neurons. More and more research shows that intuition happens before we’re even conscious of it. Intuition hits you at the amygdala—the fight or flight portion of the brain.
All the amygdala knows is fear. There is no language in that part of the brain. If there’s no language, how can you give the experience a definition? Because you can understand what it feels like. Because of this, you get to construct your own language and definition of intuition.
How accurate is a gut feeling?
Sunil interviewed over 1,000 people and found that there are positive and negative signals associated with intuition. Those signals are unique to each person. Positive signals are there to help you decide a decision because the decision is the right one. For Sunil, it feels like dots connecting or being in flow. Others refer to it as a gentle pull. One person referred to it as an omen. What are your positive signals?
Negative signals warn you that a decision you’re about to make is a bad one. For Sunil, a gut feeling is a negative signal. Negative signals can be subtle in nature. Everyone has gotten an instant “something is wrong feeling.” It can be so subtle that we tend to ignore it. But those signals get louder until they can’t be ignored. In some cases, people get headaches and one person heard the words “get out.”
That gut feeling may be signal #3 for Sunil. If it’s signal #3, that means he missed two signals—two opportunities to make the right decision. We need to take the time to figure out what our signals are. Or the consequences can cost you.
What are the four intuitive hurdles? How does this impact your decision-making? Keep listening to learn more!
The impact of listening to your intuition
In his research, Sunil found that infants as young as 2 months old have intuitive capabilities. Intuition takes experiences and puts them in your subconscious. It’s like a library. When you make a decision, your intuition goes into that personalized library and sorts through past decisions. You may think it’s a split-second decision, but your brain tells you that you’ve been there before.
Sunil knows a man with cerebral palsy who finally got a chance to sink his toes into the sand on a beach. It was a lifelong dream of his. His friends wheeled him up to the sand and he fell flat on his face. He had two choices: he could succumb to fear and sit back in his wheelchair and leave. OR, he could trust his intuition, face the fear, and step into the water.
So he walked in the water until the water got to his neck. Then he turned around. When he looked back, he saw how far he had come. That’s what happens when you listen to your intuitive signals. You take steps to battle the fear. If it’s a positive signal, take it. You develop confidence and shed fear. Anything you do is driven by intuition. If you start trusting your intuition, life will be great every single day.
What are the four different types of intuition? How do you know if a gut-feeling is negative intuition or you simply staying in your comfort zone? We’ve barely scratched the surface on this post. Listen to the whole episode to learn more about the power of intuition!
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