Trusting Your Instincts The Way To Go
When you have a decision to make do you do exhaustive research, trust your instincts or both. Most people would probably say, “both”. There are occasions , however, when a decision must be made without the benefit of research. What to do? Trust your “gut”.
Researchers in Israel have determined that trusting your instincts in the far better way to go.
On a computer screen, participants were shown sequences of pairs of numbers in quick succession. Participants were asked to choose which of two groups of numbers had the highest average. Because the numbers changed so quickly – two to four pairs every second – the participants were unable to memorize the numbers. To determine the highest average of either group, they had to rely on intuitive arithmetic. When shown six pairs of numbers the participants chose accurately 65 percent of the time. But when they were shown 24 pairs, the accuracy rate grew to about 90 percent.
We have all been told, at one time or another, to “go with your gut feeling” but now there is evidence to show that doing just that may often be the best way to go.