The Super Smart Guy Podcast
About This Show
Optimizing your performance in health, wealth, and relationships. Be your best self.
Your host Keith Ledig takes a strategic approach on how to be happy and successful in life through personal development, growth, motivation, life hacks, and continual learning. With interviews, books, and a multitude of resources we discuss topics including business, career, lifestyle, sex and dating, fitness, nutrition, and many others.
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Should You Trust Your Gut ? – 123
5 days ago
Should you trust your gut? The short answer is yes and no. It depends.
Google search “trust your gut” vs. “don’t trust your gut”
A gut reaction is your subconscious mind pattern matching. The problem is that you can’t control what your subconscious absorbs. Often as we read fiction and watch movies and TV, we absorb inaccurate data. Also when we read fake news or fall prey to the evils of cognitive biases we skew our subconscious minds ability to be accurate.
Trust your gut for decisions based on a field of study where you have focused many years of concentrated effort. Those gut decisions are more likely to be accurate.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Don’t allow emotions to sway your judgement. Emotions are good for elevating something to a higher level of urgency or importance, and for red flagging things. Use that information as a clue but not a end decision. Decisions made with emotions are often incorrect. An impulse purchase is an example of a gut decision fueled by emotion.
Don’t perform knee jerk reactions. This happens all too often in social media. Often times we need more information in order to make the best decision. Time allows emotions to settle down and logic to take over. Much of the fake news and inaccurate memes floating around are propagated based on knee jerk reactions and our impulse to share the post before fact checking it.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – The fast brain is the subconscious and the slow brain is the logical, conscious side.
It’s very important to rely on facts, statistical data, and research/studies. All too often we use poor judgement to make decisions and call it a gut instinct. There are many biases that can influence our decisions and cause inaccuracy. Here are some:
Prejudice of race, religion, sex, age, background, LGBT, and many others
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