Is your highly sensitive intuition always correct? Have you ever had a situation where you followed your intuition and things didn’t work out? Did you feel confused and even doubt your intuitive ability?
In his book, the Power of Intuition, author Gary Klein explains why intuition can be the source of significant errors in the course of making a decision. Here are a few of them:
1. Inaccurate information – Intuitive decision makers tend to respond quickly to inaccurate, insufficient, unreliable, or incomplete information based on patterns from previous experiences.
2. Short-term emotional bias – Cognitive research has shown that even experts’ decisions are frequently influenced by unrelated emotions while making a decision.
3. Insufficient consideration of alternatives – Intuition generally relies on pattern recognition, and will point to solutions that have worked well with the current perceived pattern. This, of course, limits the number of options you may consider when dealing with a new decision about a scenario that is entirely unique.
4. Prejudices – Emotions are a part of intuition and can allow flawed experiences to overrule sound facts and evidence.
5. Overconfidence – People who have good experience and intuition in one area can become overconfident and all too willing to apply their intuition in an unfamiliar or unrelated area as well.
If you’re intuition has failed you, it’s time to examine the true cause of it. Perhaps one or more of the above causes were the culprit.
Intuition alone doesn’t work in our best interest if it’s accompanied by inaccurate information, strong emotions, not being open to different options, preconceived opinions not based on fact, and being too sure of our intuitive abilities in areas that we’re not familiar with.
Self-awareness of our highly sensitive nature and using different life experiences will help us utilize our natural intuitive capabilities. It’s fine to be an emotional person, but not at the cost of clouding our ability to make better choices.
Is your highly sensitive intuition always correct? If not, why not? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.