Intuition Basics: 1 of 7 Possible Characteristics

Remember, intuition is a skill not a gift. The more you practice, the better you become. In my blogs,  you’ll find lots of upcoming tips on how to practice, use, and apply your intuition to improve your life.

Intuition has been researched and proven at such prestigious institutions as Duke, Stanford, UCLA, Cambridge, Princeton, and others. Stay tuned for some tips derived from Stanford’s research and my nearly 20 years of experience in researching and teaching this skill. 

When Stanford researched intuition, there were several characteristics or “hallmarks” of intuition. These are things you can watch for, become aware of, and develop. All of these aspects don’t have to be present when you receive an intuitive impression; however, noticing them can help you pay attention and develop your skill of intuition. One of these qualities is “first impressions.”

Start noticing when you receive a first impression. Sometimes we automatically push it away — especially if we don’t want it to be true or it seems negative. If that impression comes true, you might catch yourself saying, “Somehow I knew that! Why didn’t I pay attention?” Start playing with the idea of noticing your very first impression.

Sometimes we act on “auto-pilot” going with a second or third impression, instead of our FIRST impression. We may have learned this in childhood, “Mommy, I don’t like that man!” Then, you might have been told, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.” Or, “You can’t know that” — but you did. Take time to notice are you REALLY getting a first impression, or is it an old habit of second impressions.

You don’t always have to act on first impressions, or any intuitive or intellectual information for that matter. Why not check it out, test it?

Test how valid your impressions are, whether they’re intellectual or intuitive, or an integrated mix of both. We have a whole brain. Why not learn to use all of it? Instead of segmenting by using “parts” (intellectual vs. intuitive, for example). Life is hard. By using everything you “know,” appropriately and accurately, you can make your life a little easier. “