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Stephen Colbert was right. Listen to your GUTS.
“That’s where truth comes from — the gut. Facts come from the brain — and some people think that makes facts better. But did you know you have more nerve endings in your stomach than in your brain? You can look it up….Anyone can tell the news to you. I’m going to feel the news at you.” – Stephen Colbert
There is some compelling evidence that there is something to the relationship between “guts” and “feelings” and that our enteric nervous system may be more closely linked to emotion that previously thought. An article on Cognitive Daily, cites research done on Crohn’s Disease sufferers who have an increased nerve response from their gastroentestinal system and brain and how this related to their perception of movie clips in both active and silent phases of the disease. In the active phase of the disease, emotional responses were reported at higher levels than in the “silent” phase of the disease.
One of the primal signal locations for our sense of intuition is often located right in the stomach. “I have a gut feeling this is a bad idea.” for example. This may be yeet another sign that the brain is sometimes aware of information that we aren’t consciously aware of in the moment. Live Science cites a study done on participants asked to memorise pictures in periods of conscious fixation and also when they were thoroughly distracted. The mind can retrieve data and spring it on us, seemingly bypassing conscious thought.
When you DO have a “gut feeling” it pays to listen to your insticts. That little nagging sense that tells you, “Don’t go that way!” — harken to it. The times in this life I’ve gotten myself in trouble it’s always been because I chose to ingore a nagging sense in my gut. This applies to love, to business, to small, seemingly insignficant choices.
“Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers.