So When Shouldn’t we rely on Gut Feelings?
Whilst subconscious processing can get us all the way sometimes, there are times when we’re better off interrupting the process to allow conscious thoughts in
For instance in situations where we find ourselves being too impulsive, which gets us into trouble. This applies whatever the automatic, impulsive response is about. So we might find ourselves being too quick to react to something someone says or does, and almost before the words have left our mouth we’re left wishing we hadn’t uttered them.
And how about the times when we find ourselves reaching for an unhealthy snack or drink in response to a feeling we suddenly get, when we’d rather not?
Impulsivity can be great if we’re wanting to be spontaneous and enjoy a surprise trip or a meal out perhaps. It can be a bind though if we’re making decisions quickly which would benefit from a bit more foresight on our part.
We can interrupt our automatic responses
When we interrupt an automatic response, we have an opportunity to learn new ways of doing things, that generate a different, preferable response. A response that that makes us think and feel better.
Bringing subconscious processes into conscious awareness also enables us to better understand them so we can facilitate changes to the processes themselves as well as our reactions to them.
Of course, whether we end up changing our responses or change the subconscious processes themselves, once we’ve embedded the changes, we can allow them to become subconscious once more. And at that point we are safe to going back to trusting our gut reaction!
Ready to find out more?
Hypnotherapy can be a great way of helping us identify and change automatic subconscious thinking processes. If you’d like to find out more about how I can help you do that then please do get in touch.
If you'd like to some further research yourself then there are lots of good books on how we make up our minds about things. I find this one both easy to read and entertaining.