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Dear Poll: Do You Really Listen to Your Instincts?

We talk on this site a lot about 'trusting your gut' and 'listening to your instincts', and I wonder how often we heed our own advice. After all these years, I still second-guess my instincts, though much less than when I was in my twenties!

I'll find myself in some kind of internal dialogue, during which I let my mind (or judgement) explain away or refute what my gut is telling me. This song-and-dance happens over and over. Still, it's all about what we do, and I act much more quickly in favor of my instincts these days, despite the 'interference' from my thoughts.



Tell me, ladies: In most situations, do you trust your gut & act on what it 'tells' you?

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kendallina kendallina 10 years
I am never disappointed when I listen to my instincts. I just wish I listened to them more.
iheartfooty iheartfooty 10 years
I'm psychic and sometimes I forget about it
vmruby vmruby 10 years
i have great instincts and i always,always trust them.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 10 years
I think it's important to listen to your gut, and I'm pretty good at following what it's telling me. But sometimes my gut is plain wrong so I try to listen to what it's telling me, look for more clues, and then decide.
Marci Marci 10 years
I have good instincts. The few times I didn't go with them was in my teens, and I realized right away that I should have! Since then, I never, ever second guess myself.
reeveske reeveske 10 years
yeah i think you are right nicachica. i am living with the consequences now of ignoring my gut instinct that I shouldn't have moved in with my best friend, or our friendship would be on the line, and now Im finding out that I should have! I just rationalized away that we wouldnt let petty stuff get in the way of our friendship, but it unfortunantely seems to be starting to now.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
hehe...i do talk a lot about trusting instincts don't i? this is really gonna sound weird but i visited New Orleans a few months ago and this psychic/voodoo priestess told me that i was very perceptive and that i second-guessed myself too much and that i needed to work on trusting my instincts because they were right. i've been doing that since i got back and it's been working. i know its not because she told me to, but because i started trying to believe in myself more. it's really hard to trust your instincts all the time but i think that if you were to choose a time to go with it, it would be when it comes to making important decisions. the other times (i.e. should i buy a sandwich or salad for lunch?)...eh, not so much. lol...i feel like such a dork now!
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
For the most part i listen to my instincts. They are normally on target but sometimes you have to take risks. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
lol, we are pea's in a pod :)
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