Intuition Part 1

Intuition Part 1

Have you ever had a moment where you felt as though something just wasn’t quite right? Perhaps stepping into a parking lot late at night, or feeling uneasy around someone without knowing why? if you’ve experienced this before, have you then shrugged it off or dismissed it as nonsense?

As a culture, we have learned to believe that rationality is what should prevail when making decisions about anything from the crucial business decision to what to eat for lunch. However, what about that “inner voice,” that gut feeling, that little something instinctual from within that tells us how we feel beneath those layers of logic?


Intuition Vs Instincts

This is how we can define instinct and intuition:

  • Instinct is our innate inclination toward a particular behaviour (as opposed to a learned response).
  • A gut feeling or a hunch is a sensation that appears quickly in consciousness (noticeable enough to be acted on if one chooses to) without us being fully aware of the underlying reasons for its occurrence.
  • Intuition is a process that gives us the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and non-conscious parts of our mind, and also between instinct and reason.

Relating Intuition & Instincts

In essence, we need both instinct and reason to make the best possible decisions for ourselves, our businesses, and our families. Unfortunately, many of us even when we experience success using this lesser-acknowledged part of us are uncomfortable with the idea of using our instincts as a guidance tool. We are embarrassed to say that we follow hunches. We mistrust the sometimes cryptic messages that our instincts send to us. Consequently, we diminish our capacity to leverage the power of our own instincts when we need them most. Our discomfort with the idea of relying on our instincts is based on cultural prejudice.


Have you heard of this common phrase, ‘‘We are not like animals.” It tells us that the assumed difference between humans and animals is humans’ ability to reason with our instinctual impulses. The unspoken message is that reason is a higher and better quality to possess. The thing is, not only are we like animals, we are animals. However, we are animals with the distinct advantage of having both instinct and reason at our disposal. So we don’t actually have to reject either mortality or instinct, rather, we have the capacity to call upon both.


Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series 🙂 If you have been wanting to change the way you feel around food or training why not follow the link to see how we can best tailor our plans to you.


Nicole McDermott

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.