When we teach our women’s self-defense programs, one of the things we encourage our students to practice is to listen to their intuition. why? Because when it comes to self-defense, intuition is usually the first “clue” that something is wrong.

The human brain is unique in that it has a ‘rational’ factor that seeks to override its ‘instinctual’ programming. Unfortunately, most of us don’t listen to our intuition’s red flags and mutter to ourselves.

Our intuition works to warn us of positive and unfavorable situations.

Our intuition, for better or for worse, targets eight emotions that seek our attention.

curiosity – This is the first “feeling” we usually receive. Something in your immediate environment has caught your attention. This is a warning to pay attention and focus on what is happening around you.

Premonition – You know something is going to happen, but you can’t explain why. Your intuition gives you enough time to make a decision about your next move.

Intuition – This is usually the same as meeting someone. No matter how gracious, smiling, and gentlemanly they look, you just get this “feeling” that something is wrong with them.

doubt – This is where you ask yourself questions. Self-talk starts with trying to rationalize that everything is fine. You’re not stupid – trust your suspicions! Keep your eyes wide open and ready.

hesitation – This is our subconscious trying to pressure our conscious self to ‘wait and let the danger pass’.

suspicion – Your survival brain is trying to make you more aware of your situation and your safety.

anxiety – Survival brain activated and ready. This feeling is a warning that you need to come prepared and get out of your current situation or be prepared to deal with potential consequences.

fear – This is the final survival mechanism that forces you to save yourself. Listen to your fears, understand what is causing them, and respond accordingly.

Our intuition works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of how it affects our emotions, feelings, communication and health.

Understanding and being aware of your intuition gives you ultimate power over your life and self-defense.

**Angie M. Tarighi is CEO and Founder of Women’s Self-Defense Institute, which provides self-defense training, educational awareness and personal protection products that empower women to fight crime.

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