One of the important things often taught in self-defense programs is the practice of listening to your intuition. Your intuition usually gives you the first sign that something is wrong when it comes to self-defense. Too often, we allow our mind to rationalize and override our intuition. We talk ourselves out of listening to the danger signals our intuition gives us. We must learn to listen to our intuition, though, as it warns us of situations around us.
Our intuition targets eight feelings in an attempt to get our attention:
Curiosity: the first feeling we normally have is curiosity. Your attention is directed by something that is in your environment. Curiosity tells us to stay aware of what is going on around us.
Hunches: when you have a hunch, you can explain it, but you know something is about to happen. This is your intuition trying to give you time to decide on your next action.
Gut Feelings: a gut feeling normally happens when you meet someone. You may feel that there is something about them that is wrong, regardless of how nice they seem. A gut feeling is something you should never ignore.
Doubt: we begin self questioning when it comes to doubt. We want to rationalize that everything is okay. This is when you really need to be more aware of what’s going on around you so you can go into a situation prepared and with your eyes wide open.
Hesitation: when we hesitate, our subconscious is trying to tell us to wait and let the danger pass.
Suspicion: suspicion happens when your brain is in survival mode and trying to make you more aware of your safety and situation.
Apprehension: when you become apprehensive, your brain is trying to prepare you. This is often the warning sign that it’s time to prepare yourself to deal with a situation or get out of it.
Fear: fear is the final survival mechanism your body uses to help save yourself. You should always listen to your fear. Try to understand what is causing you to be fearful, then respond however is best.
Your intuition is always turned on. Unfortunately, the majority of people do not understand how it impacts their feelings, emotions, and health. As you become more aware of your intuition, you will find you have more control over your life and defending yourself.