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According to Judith Orloff, a Los Angeles psychiatrist who teaches medical students at UCLA how to use their intuition when working with patients, most gut instincts are accompanied by some kind of physical sensation. In her book, Second Sight, Orloff shares some of the feelings you might experience during an intuitive “hit” or instinctive response.

Positive and affirming instincts are often accompanied by:

  • A sense of warmth
  • Ability to breathe more easily
  • Sharp clarity of hearing or vision
  • A wave of goose bumps, tingles or “fluttery” sensations
  • Relaxation in the gut and shoulders

Negative or warning instincts are often accompanied by:

  • Icy cold hands and feet; an overall chill
  • Twinging or clenching pain in gut or chest
  • Nausea or acid stomach
  • A sense of being on “high alert”
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Onset of headache

This was excerpted from “5 Gut Instincts You Shouldn’t Ignore” which was published in the November 2010 issue of Experience Life magazine.

Courtney
Courtney Helgoe

Courtney Helgoe is the Experience Life features editor.

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