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5 Intuitive Traits

What is intuition?

It’s your first day at work and you meet a new colleague. You haven’t met this person before, yet you have got these positive vibes you can’t quite explain. Or perhaps, you’re visiting a place for the first time. You don’t know the exact path, but there’s a magnetic sense guiding you towards your destination. This is what many would describe as intuition — an unexpected feeling or sense about a situation or a person that is genuine. Although it might pass unnoticed, the intuitive feeling plays a key role in our everyday lives.

For years, the concept of intuition has been wrapped in mystery and interpreted in multiple ways. Is it an expansion of spirituality? A personal trait that only certain people possess? Just another neuron that is more hardworking in some brains? In many cultures, intuition is linked to spirituality, emotions, and the soul. From a scientific perspective, it has to do with our minds.

Although there’s still a lot to discover about this precious gift, what we know so far is that intuition is the invisible bridge between our conscious and unconscious minds. It involves a piece of information that you are not exactly conscious of, and it involves an emotional element. Therefore, a highly intuitive person will be capable of generating information without using a known logical or rational process and will act accordingly.

The secret behind the mystery of Intuition

Human beings are more complex than is commonly believed. Our minds are vast maps of connections and hidden routes, which enclose unresolved mysteries. In their effort to comprehend the human psyche and the source of the intuitive sense, science has studied how our brains work. Their discoveries prove that we are made of two opposite systems.

System one is our quick, instinct-based, and mostly subconscious way of operating. This system is operated by our right brain hemisphere in conjunction with other parts of our brains, which have remained since prehistoric times, also known as the reptilian or limbic parts of the brain. System two, on the other hand, is slower, analytical, and operates consciously; it is controlled by our left-brain.

According to researchers, intuition is part of system one. This system knows the correct answer to everyday-life situations way before system two does. That’s why it comes so unpredictably and with little sense for us. Highly intuitive people make decisions that had not been thought out carefully; they make choices that have arisen quickly out of instinct.

Processing unconscious information and using it at our will is a skilled art that some people can master. We call them highly intuitive people, those individuals who are not afraid of trusting their instincts and listening to the powerful voice that speaks without words. So, what is a highly intuitive person? What makes them unique?

1. Tend to be more empathetic

Can you perceive others’ feelings? Do you understand what’s going on behind their expressions? A key quality that distinguishes intuitive people from the crowd is empathic accuracy. This super skill grants them a superior ability to understand people’s thoughts and feelings. It is not mind reading, but rather the capacity to comprehend body language and tone of voice at a higher level.

Being empathetic has more perks than you might think. An intuitive person with high empathetic accuracy will seem appealing to strangers making them open up and communicate freely. In professional life, this might be particularly useful when presenting a product or discussing a business proposal. What’s more, this skill can help us bond with people who are right and compatible with us.

2. Intuitive people listen to their gut feeling

We have some good news for you. Did you know that there’s a sixth sense asleep inside your mind? This sense awakes sporadically without our control and more often than not, we tend to ignore it. This is what’s called gut feeling or inner voice, a trait that highly intuitive people possess. Those who chose to listen to their gut feeling can make important decisions in their everyday lives such as sealing a business deal, hiring the right employee, choosing the right partner, and much more.

And so, here comes the inevitable question: if human beings possess this precious gift, why aren’t more people listening to their inner voice? It’s because trusting ideas or sensations without concrete evidence or obvious signs is scary and “too risky”. Instead, we prefer listening to the opinion of others, which usually goes against our instincts. Intuitive people are confident; they block all negativity and trust their instincts like a light to guide them in the middle of uncertainty.

3. They take some “me-time”

When was the last time you spent time together with ‘yourself’? Can’t remember at all? When wishing to follow the right path as guided by the all-knowing sixth sense, intuitive people are aware of their thoughts and words. As a result, they become very self-aware, they zone out and take some “me time.”

During their me-time, a highly intuitive person can reflect on their emotions and give their minds time to rest. By distancing from things that can influence them such as social media, electronic devices, and more, they can manage stress easily and see life with a positive attitude. What’s more, their intuitive feeling will tell them when is the best time for some good quality me-time.

4. They live in the moment

Holding onto anger, resentment, and other harmful emotions can impact our mental and physical health. Yet, it’s impossible to keep all of our emotions enclosed in a box. Many times, the key to not let these feelings take over our minds is mindfulness.

Highly intuitive people understand how negative feelings affect and control them. They willingly choose to distance themselves from the source of discomfort and prefer to remain in the present moment. The decision of forgiving others and looking up to the future is the result of following your gut-feeling. Isn’t it worth it?

5. Are observant and deep thinkers

Ever heard the phrase “more than what meets the eye”? This cannot be more meaningful for intuitive people. An intuitive feeling makes people pause and notice small things that others might simply ignore. Their minds remain alert and focused.

A hyper sense of observation means that an intuitive person can easily access the information they need when it comes to making a decision. With this ability, they are confident that they have processed all the data or intelligence available.

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