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Intuitive thinking is not the same as your "gut instinct" or "gut feeling". In fact, the two are quite different but commonly mistaken as the same thing. Intuitive thinking is trusting that little voice inside your head that speaks from a sense of clarity and almost impulsive truth. It is almost like a form of telepathy or "psychic ability" that seems to gift you a feeling of confidence and knowledge.
Intuitive thinking and "gut instinct" are separate. While your intuitive thinking is that voice of confidence and clarity that exists up in your head, your "gut feeling" is (you guessed it!) something that happens physiologically in your body. Oftentimes, folks follow their gut instinct THINKING that it is the voice of intuition but they are a bit confused in that aspect. Now, don't get me wrong: if you're wondering "how to make decisions", then trusting your gut instinct is also an important part of the equation! If something does not "feel" right inside your gut, then it is worth taking a moment to reconsider.
Here's where intuitive thinking and "gut instinct" get confused for one another: too often, folks do not make headway on their goals because they are uncomfortable. They are faced by uncomfortable feelings. They interpret this discomfort as their intuition telling them not to move forward. Is intuition real? Absolutely. However, it too often gets mistaken for this "gut instinct" that will almost ALWAYS be giving you uncomfortable feelings when something is scary.
Intuitive thinking is that ability to see between the lines. Some folks are more prone towards intuitive thinking than others... In the Myers and Briggs personality index, two classifications of personality are "intuitive" vs. "sensing". This describes folks who naturally gravitate towards thinking intuitively vs. those who navigate the world through their senses. Typically, an intuitive person is more prone to being a bit impulsive, exploring creative options, or letting their intuitive nature drive them forward. For an intuitive thinking person, they are living their truth when they are trusting their intuition to guide the way. Conversely, sensing personality types are better suited to trust their senses. These individuals might have a better time with schedules, detail-oriented thinking, pragmatic solutions to problems, math and logic, or other aspects of life that an intuitive thinking person might naturally avoid.
So is an intuitive thinking person "better" than a sensing person? No! Not by any stretch... Again, when an intuitive thinking person is trusting their intuition, they are living their truth. It will feel more natural for them... They will find better solutions to problems when they trust their intuitive thinking vs. their logic/data-driven senses. However, on the other side of the house, a sensing individual will thrive the more they trust their senses and the more they navigate through life using that medium. Unfortunately, the modern western world seems to place more value and emphasis on the sensing/data/logic driven personality type, encouraging intuitive thinking individuals to utilize that method of reasoning. However, these folks will find themselves better suited to intuitive thinking.
So let's discuss the differences between intuitive thinking and gut instinct! How do we trust our intuition? What is the best way to uncover and unlock the powers of intuitive thinking? Are you an intuitive person? This one is good for you!