You never hear anyone talk about the countless times they thought their intuition was speaking to them – and they made the wrong move. Face it, your gut isn’t always right. So here’s when to ignore it, courtesy of Prevention magazine:
- For example, go ahead and change your mind. Your first guess isn’t always the best one. A recent study by the University of Illinois found that when students switched their answers on a test, they were more likely to make the right choice.
- When you worry for no reason. You may think, “I’m so worried about Susie all of a sudden, something must be wrong!” Researchers say, no. Fretting like that may feel like intuition, but it’s just anxiety in disguise.
- Don’t listen to your gut when it tells you to do something drastic. No matter how intuitive an action feels – like to up and quit your job – when people are upset, they’re more likely to make irrational choices. Psychologists say whether you want to send a nasty email or end a relationship, it’s always better to sleep on that gut decision, and see if it feels right the next day.
- Do not pay attention to your gut instinct when it goes against facts and statistics. Antione Bechara is a professor of neurology and psychology at the University of Southern California. He says, intuition is LEAST useful in areas where the outcome is predictable. So if you’re deciding whether to marry someone or take that job out of state, trust your gut. But if you’re buying real estate, hiring someone or deciding whether to have surgery, check your intuition at the door and pay attention to the facts, the numbers, and the experts.