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Ego Versus Intuition, Who Do You Trust?

11478115084_52613dd791_zYour ego versus your intuition?  Who do you trust?  Have you been trained to do what your ego says.  Do you think that your ego is a reliable part of you that can tell you what to do when you have a decision to make.  Freud thought of the ego as the rational, practical part of the mind that referred between the Libido (your intuition?) and the Superego (your conscience?) and was the voice of commonsense.

What if your ego was biased towards getting you to do what other people wanted you to do so that you would help them get their own (not your) needs met?  What if the decisions it made were not in your own best interests?  What if that still small voice known as intuition that you often ignored as having no basis in reality were true.  How many times have you said to yourself, “If I just had listened to myself, I would not have made that mistake?”

We are born with that still small voice.  It pays attention to those things we often ignore.  They can give us premonitions of what is to come.  We have the potential of being able to sense almost anything but in order to focus, we must magnify some sensory experiences and pay no attention to others.  When an older person says something but their tone of voice belies what they are saying,  we are encouraged to take their word for it and to dampen down any misgivings that we might have.  Since they are an adults and we have been taught to respect them, we are not supposed to question their motives; but to take them at face value.

We are taught to disable our own “shit” detectors so as not to make other people uncomfortable.  What about us?  Is this protecting us from harm?

 

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Letting Others Control You

What other people think of you is important to you.  How you “make” other people feel can determine what you will do and say in different situations.  Yes, you should own what you actually do to others and its real life consequences; but you should should not be so unselfconfident that you go where ever the wind of other people’s opinions and emotional reactions blows you.

Calm Sunset

Calm Sunset (Photo credit: me’nthedogs)

Who are you?  Do you know?  Being even tempered and calm can help you make it in life.  There is a small inner voice that can guide you in terms of what you ought to do.  Do you listen to others or do you listen to it?  This is often called your instinct or intuition.  People who aren’t in touch with this part of themselves have difficulty making decisions.  They second guess themselves.  They don’t offer an opinion or make a choice until after they have heard what others think or are going to do.

People wonder how other people can sometimes keep their cool.  We have to be aware of what sets us off, what we can’t seem to resist, and what we think we have to have.  We really need very little, but we think we need much more.  This has been conditioned into us by our upbringing in society.  Through anthropology, we have learned of what we call primitive groups of people who lead very happy satisfied lives and have very little of what we think we need to have in “civilized” society.

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