A piece of advice that is often given when making difficult decisions is: “Listen to your gut feeling”. But does that make sense?
Making decisions is an important part of our everyday life and affects all areas of life. But it is not always easy for us to choose between two or more options. Do you keep making decisions that you later regret? According to a study, this could be due to the following cause: You are guided by your (often deceptive) gut feeling!
A recent study in Nature Communications found that when making decisions, people often know which option has the greatest chance of success and still choose the other option. According to the study author, psychology professor Dr. Ian Krajbich, it’s all because we rely on gut instinct.
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Hormones don’t make us think clearly
But why does gut instinct lead us to make wrong decisions? The psychotherapist and author Tina Tessina explains: “In our brain, two parts are involved in decision-making: the prefrontal cortex, which makes rational decisions, and the limbic system, our emotional center. As soon as we are stressed or overwhelmed, our bodies are flooded with hormones and put it in a ‘fight or flight’ mode, and then we make emotion-driven decisions. ”This happens particularly often when the problem is health-related, personally relevant or very threatening.
Conclusion: this is how you make the right decision
According to Tessina, gut decisions are usually wrong because they always are reactive are. She advises staying calm in the decision-making process and acting carefully. Feelings are allowed to flow in, but they must by no means steer the decision.