Friday, January 12, 2007

Going With Your Gut

















Sciencedaily - A University College London study has found that you are more likely to perform well if you do not think too hard and instead trust your instincts.

The research in the journal Current Biology shows that instinctive snap decisions are more reliable than decisions taken using higher-level cognitive processes.

Participants, who were asked to pick the odd one out on a screen covered in over 650 identical symbols including one rotated version of the same symbol, actually performed better when they were given no time at all to linger on the symbols and were forced to rely entirely on their gut intinct.

The study shows an instance when our rational mind is more likely to perform worse than our subconscious.

Hmmmm....I think Homer Simpson would be the outlier for this study.

35 comments:

Dream Writer said...

We all know this as this is "Common Sense," but our Temptations and our Drives get the best of us...

I always have good instincts with people mainly and then find myself in a mess of relationships (mainly "friendships") NOT listening to my instincts that were always there!

Following my heart instead of my head:)

Anonymous said...

Interesting in a controlled, scientific sense. And I agree that in life, going with intuition can be good--as long as any "impulse control" issues are addressed. I've sure learned that the hard way!

I, like you dream writer, have had good instincts where people are concerned (or like to think so?) but I haven't always followed appropriate paths with them until much later. A lot of relationships have completely been destroyed in my life's wake.

It can really be a toss up for me whether I "go with my gut" or analyze things to death. It's absolutely one extreme of the other.

Ms.L said...

oooh I saw this on the news and was so excited.
Finally,proof of what I've been saying along,lol
I've been finding the more I use my intuition,the better and more fine tuned it gets.
The only time it gets foggy for me is when I can't disern(sp?) between intution and fear. Am I afraid to learn how to drive or have I not followed through with learning to because my intution tells me it wouldn't be wise?? After ten years I still don't have a clear answer to that one,lol

Anonymous said...

I've spent most of my 50 years overthinking things and the last 5-10 trying to stop, lol!

Though it's still a battle, I seem to sleep better now!

Thank you for this, dear friend!

alan

healthpsych said...

Very big on the gut feeling here, as long as I can reliably distinguish it from nervousness/anxiety about a situation.

Has served me well a number of times and I've usually regretted it when I've gone against it.

Anonymous said...

See -- I always have told my wife I was right to act on impulse rather than cold, steely logic. Well, it sometimes works.
Interesting insights into the fact our instincts don't arise in a vacuum, though. I'm going to look into this in more depth because it's true that many successful men and women have acted from the gut rather than going through in-depth analysis of all situations.
So, does that mean Homer rules? Much as I love him, that would be scary.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Ian

Joel said...

I've always been a hip shooter. Seems to work on everything except real life when people want reasons reasons and more reasons.

Anonymous said...

I read this post and knew in the blink of an eye that it was complete nonsense. ;->

Anonymous said...

hey that's just what my foreign language teacher used to tell us! she said "if you don't think you know the answer, go with your gut." works almost all the time too!

Rose said...

I am a strong believer in intutition...plus I always thought if you think too long you think wrong....

Belizegial said...

If you develop and hone your intuitive skills over time, it becomes almost second nature to apply this to any given situation.
For those with highly developed intuition, it can most likely lead to psychic abilities as well.

Anonymous said...

Outlier - that takes me straight back to statistics classes!

OHN said...

Don't you think that women have a much better sense of "gut feelings" than men. I am not a sexist (lol) but many many times over the years I have picked up on things that later hubby said "wow, you were right" and he is a well educated, intelligent man but the subtle things that pass by him seem to smack me in the face.

Dream Writer said...

Sometimes my Gut instincts are so deep and SO right that it scares me...but I don't FOLLOW them!...Like "Rose" says - If you think too long - you think wrong (Even though you thought correct all along)..then once you go back to your GUT instinct and realize you made a mistake then you are in a line of fire...

I TRY so hard NOT to judge people but I take that NON - Judgmental thing a little too far!!!

Anonymous said...

I think this is especially true with creative tasks. My best writing always comes to me in the twilight, early in the morning or late at night when my conscious mind has the least say over what is coming out. The subconscious is a powerful entity and often far more in tune then the face we wear by day.

purpletiggerfan said...

Going with "instinct", why aren't all the people who claim you 'help' them, returning their 'help', by voting for you for best Medical Weblog for 2006? Theyc ould use their 'instincts' and support you!

If you'd like to vote, here's the link....

http://www.medgadget.com/

click on: Medical Blog Awards 'vote now' icon, then go to: Best Weblog 2006, and vote for Dr. Deborah Serani.

Thanks again, Dr. Deb, for all you do for me too. I've already voted!!! Ü

purpletiggerfan said...

Going with "instinct", why aren't all the people who claim you 'help' them, returning their 'help', by voting for you for best Medical Weblog for 2006? Theyc ould use their 'instincts' and support you!

If you'd like to vote, here's the link....

http://www.medgadget.com/

click on: Medical Blog Awards 'vote now' icon, then go to: Best Weblog 2006, and vote for Dr. Deborah Serani.

Thanks again, Dr. Deb, for all you do for me too. I've already voted!!! Ü

Anonymous said...

I usually follow my gut instinct... best friend and advice is listening to whats on the inside, fighting off temptation if needed. Great post.


PS,
I had to change my blog url by creating a new blog. For some reason Blogspot wouldn't allow me access to Phases of Writing. (crying)

Dreaming again said...

It is really interesting if you read stories of parents of kids with difficulites ...whether chronically ill, disabled or acute things like cancer ... MANY times you will read the diagnosis came from the mom insisting that something was wrong ... gut instinct!

The friends I know who have the most complicated lives, are those who either A) over analyse their choices or B) take advice from too many sources.

When I have friends who are having babies, I love to tell them that no matter what advice anyone gives them (including me) ALWAYS listen to 'mamma's gut' above all.

Cathy said...

I COMPLETELY agree. My gut has served me well these past few years.
Cathy

HeiressChild said...

sometimes when i'm watching jeopardy, and all 3 contestants give the wrong answer, alex trebek will say the answer and then say, "don't complicate it with over-thinking." you think the first thing that comes to mind is wrong, but often times it's not.

Anonymous said...

argh... this backs up what a friend told me on Friday, the day after I completed the stupid personality profile which apparently you should just use your gut instinct on rather then trying to work out what is the best answer - no guesses as to how I completed the profile... oh well ... life goes on

sunnie

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that the data seem to confirm what we've always known: go with your gut. It must have something to do with early survival instincts.
I've always loved the Simpson episodes where Homer has to figure something out, and he starts with, "Okay brain, you don't like me and I don't like you, but ..."
:)

Dawn said...

I agree, completely

Anonymous said...

I agree with this. My gut has rarely been wrong...my head and sometimes my heart however...

Anonymous said...

I agree. I don't think people understand the underpinnings of intuiton and instinct.

Anonymous said...

A problem exists with this for people who have suffered abuse and trauma. The trauma gets so embedded in the brain that your gut ends up responding to the trauma instead of getting at deep desires and wants. Recovery, I believe, is then a way of getting over these gut impulses to isolate and protect oneself OR to go into a Freudian complusive fetish where you put yourself into traumatic situations again.

Anonymous said...

A problem exists with this for people who have suffered abuse and trauma. The trauma gets so embedded in the brain that your gut ends up responding to the trauma instead of getting at deep desires and wants. Recovery, I believe, is then a way of getting over these gut impulses to isolate and protect oneself OR to go into a Freudian complusive fetish where you put yourself into traumatic situations again. Its kinda like ms.l described.

Anonymous said...

A problem exists with this for people who have suffered abuse and trauma. The trauma gets so embedded in the brain that your gut ends up responding to the trauma instead of getting at deep desires and wants. Recovery, I believe, is then a way of getting over these gut impulses to isolate and protect oneself OR to go into a Freudian complusive fetish where you put yourself into traumatic situations again. Its kinda like ms.l described.

Anonymous said...

A problem exists with this for people who have suffered abuse and trauma. The trauma gets so embedded in the brain that your gut ends up responding to the trauma instead of getting at deep desires and wants. Recovery, I believe, is then a way of getting over these gut impulses to isolate and protect oneself OR to go into a Freudian complusive fetish where you put yourself into traumatic situations again. Its kinda like ms.l described.

Nancy said...

Hi Deb! I'm with Alan on this one. Hope you are having a nice long weekend!

Nancy

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Dear Dream,
I think listening overall to your body and mind is a good way to live life.

Dear PA,
I am like you and DreamWriter. I have good instincts with people (at least I think so too).

Dear MS. L.
What about the driving makes your intuition buzz?

Dear Alan,
OVerthinking can be a bummer,

Dear Healthpsych,
I have to echo what you say.

Dear Ian,
I love Homer too, but he is always getting into all kinds of trouble. So given this theory, he is NOT one to follow such recommendations!!

Dear Joel,
Hmmmmm, that sounds tough. Mayeb those who want answers from you are those who want more control than they should have? Just a thought. I like people who shoot from the hip. Real. Authentic.

Dear GOM,
You made me LAUGH!

Dear Traci,
Yup. That's a keeper in the advice treasure trove.

Dear Rose,
I think you are right. And we BOTH didn't overthink that one.

Dear Belize,
Many people I work with who DON'T trust their instincts learn to when they work with me. It is so important to listen to all your instincts.

Dear Nerdgirl,
It's pretty much the only term I use correctly from Stat class. I had to take that class twice as I nearly failed it, lol!

Dear Ohn,
You are correct. Studies suggest that women ARE more intuitive than men.

Dear Dream,
I sometimes have that experience too. It can frighten me a bit. I think it is a well-honed attunement that you and I and others like us have.

Dear Godwhacker,
I share the same tendencies with my creativity too. The filters that keep our consciousness at bay are indeed powerful.

Dear Purple,
Well, thanks for the endorsement. But I think NHS will easily win.

Dear NEvah,
Yeah, Blogger makes me mad lately too.

Dear Dreaming Again,
I have found in my work that IF a parent suspects something that I MUST listen to him or her. It is true that parents have keen instincts when it comes to their children. And if you think about the science of it all, doesn't that make sense.

Dear Cathy,
We should start a GUT club. Help members hone theirs and teach newbies how to listen to their instincts. ;)

Dear Heiress,
Overthinking can restrict success. BUt I know what you mean.

Dear Sunnie,
MOST often, trusting your gut is the way to go. You can redo the profile, can't you?

Dear Candace,
I believe we are "wired" for many great things. But poor Homer, has is own issues which make for great comedy. I love him too.

Dear Dawn,
:)

Dear Tiesha,
Sometimes our head and heart get in the mix and distract us from what our instincts are saying. I've been there too. But once you realize how that "trip-up" happens, you can derail it.

Dear EVI,
Oh yes. I agree. Especially very rigid thinking people.

Dear KArma,
You bring up and EXCELLENT and importnat point. While instincts are there for us, sometimes things and experience (like abuse, trauma, etc) prevent us from hearing them or understanding them. Therapy helps to clear away trauma so one can find that balance again. It is not an easy task, but one that is very very possible....and is so liberating once it happens.

Dear Nancy,
Hi, pal! YOu and GOM must have tons of giggle time together!

~Deb

Ms.L said...

Oooooh Kamrin thank you!
The bells,lights and whistles are going off in my head about what you said.
Deb,I'm afraid I'm too scatterbrained to properly focus on driving..but am now wondering if watching my mother drive(and almost kill us,a zillion times) has something to do with it..

Ms.L said...

I'm sorry,Karma..KARMA,lol
Karma thank you for what you wrote!

Anonymous said...

That's what I'm in the midst of trying to do in therapy!