What is your instincts anyway?
Sea turtles will automatically move towards the ocean when they are born. Babies cry when they are hungry.
A lot of these instincts come from the amygdala. The two small almond shape nuclei on the back of your skull that attaches to the spinal cord.
It’s quick, it’s fast and it’s angry.
Instincts are great to have when you are running from sabertooth tigers or for ducking when someone yells fore or for swerving out of the way to avoid a crash.
Make no mistake, having and using your instincts is a good thing. It is what has kept us alive for centuries.
We can’t actually trust our instincts. Our instincts are wrong most of the time. If we need a quick knee jerk reaction—for sure. For everything else, when it comes to critical thinking, we are far better off making decisions when our instincts are not in the driver seat.
So, when deciding to correct someone on Facebook for spreading fake news or how to respond when the boss calls to ask how are things at home or when your teen is struggling with homework assignments…
Wait for your instincts to pass before making a decision.
We can’t ignore them but we can certainly trust our decisions over what the impulses want us to do.