8 signs you’re a lot more intuitive than you realize, according to psychology

Intuition is an interesting beast. It’s that gut feeling, that whisper of a hunch, that inexplicable sense leading us in a certain direction. 

You might think you’re not intuitive, but according to psychology, you might be more in tune with your inner voice than you give yourself credit for.

Hey, it’s me, Lachlan Brown, the founder of Hack Spirit and a devoted explorer of mindfulness and Buddhism. 

I’ve come across numerous signs during my journey that indicate you’re a lot more intuitive than you realize.

In this piece, we’ll delve into these signs and see if you unknowingly possess the gift of intuition. 

So, sit back and let’s explore what your mind is subtly telling you.

1) Trusting your gut

Have you ever had a situation where a decision just felt right? Or maybe, it just felt wrong, even though on paper, everything seemed fine? That’s your intuition speaking to you.

Psychology has a name for this – it’s called the somatic marker hypothesis. This theory suggests that emotional processes guide our decision-making, often subconsciously. 

It’s your mind and body communicating with you in a way that bypasses the need for conscious, logical thought.

In my journey into mindfulness and Buddhism, I’ve learned that these “gut feelings” are anything but random. 

They are your intuitive mind trying to tell you something. And the more you listen, the more you’ll realize just how intuitive you really are.

So next time you get that gut feeling, don’t dismiss it as mere coincidence. It might be your intuition pointing you in the right direction. 

Recognizing and trusting this internal compass is a vital step towards embracing your intuitive self.

2) You sense the energy in a room

Ever walked into a room and instantly felt the vibe? Whether it’s tension, excitement, or calm, you’re picking up on the energy of the space.

 This is another sign that your intuition might be stronger than you think.

In psychology, this ability to pick up on the emotions and energies of others is often referred to as being an empath. 

Empaths are highly sensitive individuals who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling.

On my own mindfulness journey, I have found that being open to these energies, not shying away from them, has helped me understand people better. It’s an incredible tool for fostering empathy and compassion.

3) You foresee the outcomes

Seeing the bigger picture and predicting the outcomes of certain actions is another sign of a highly intuitive person. 

This isn’t about having psychic abilities, but rather about being able to process information on a deeper, subconscious level.

In Buddhism, we often talk about mindfulness and the importance of being present. However, this doesn’t mean we ignore the future.

Instead, we strive to understand the concept of cause and effect, also known as Karma in Buddhist teachings.

Karma is not about punishment or reward. It’s a simple understanding that our actions have consequences. It’s about realizing that our present actions will shape our future experiences.

Intuitive people often grasp this concept naturally. They understand that every action has a ripple effect and can instinctively predict these ripples before they happen.

So if you find yourself foreseeing outcomes or consequences that others don’t see, don’t dismiss it. This is your intuition at work, guided by the wisdom of Karma, showing you the interconnectedness of life.

4) You listen more than you speak

In a world that often values the loudest voice in the room, intuitive people stand out by being exceptional listeners. 

They understand that listening is not just about hearing words, but also about absorbing the emotions and meanings behind those words.

Mindfulness teaches us the power of silence and the importance of fully present listening. It’s in these quiet moments that we truly connect with others, understand their perspectives, and tap into our own intuition.

Intuitive people naturally grasp this truth. They know that by quieting their own thoughts and focusing on others, they can gain insights that go beyond what’s being verbally communicated.

This ability to truly listen and read between the lines is a powerful sign of intuition. 

5) You often experience synchronicity

Synchronicity is another sign of heightened intuition. It’s the experience of meaningful coincidences – events that seem too perfectly aligned to be mere chance.

Intuitive people often have a heightened sense of synchronicity. They are more likely to notice these meaningful coincidences and understand their significance.

In my book, “Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego”, I delve into the concept of interconnectedness and how it relates to synchronicity.

I write about the profound understanding that everything in the universe is connected in some way or another. 

This is a fundamental Buddhist belief, and when you start to see these connections, it’s a clear sign that your intuition is awakening.

6) You value solitude

In a society that often equates being alone with loneliness, it’s a radical act to value solitude. If you find yourself craving time alone, it’s not a sign of being antisocial. 

Rather, it might be your intuition calling for space to breathe and grow.

Both Buddhism and mindfulness teachings highlight the importance of solitude. It’s in these quiet moments, away from the noise of the world, that we can connect deeply with ourselves. 

It’s a time to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment, allowing our intuition to surface.

Solitude is essential for intuitive people. It gives them space to process their thoughts, reflect on experiences, and tune into their inner voice.

So if you find peace and growth in solitude, don’t let anyone make you feel odd about it. It’s your intuitive self finding its voice and strength in the quiet.

7) You’re sensitive to your body’s signals

Intuition isn’t just about mental or emotional signals. It can also be very physical. 

If you’re someone who is keenly aware of changes in your body – a sudden headache, a feeling of unease in your stomach – it may be that your intuition communicates strongly through physical sensations.

In mindfulness practice, body awareness is a key component. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, once said, “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” This reminds us that every sensation, every moment, matters.

Intuitive people often have a heightened sense of body awareness. They can tell when something is off and are more likely to listen to what their body is telling them.

So if you find yourself sensitive to bodily sensations and signals, don’t dismiss it. It’s your intuition communicating with you in its own unique way.

8) You have vivid dreams

This might seem a bit out of left field, but stay with me here. If you often have vivid dreams, it could be a sign of a strong intuitive sense. 

Dreams are one way our subconscious communicates with us, and for many intuitive people, this communication is especially vibrant and detailed.

Mindfulness teaches us to pay attention to all aspects of our experience, waking and dreaming alike. Dreams can offer insights, point out patterns we may not notice in our daily lives, and sometimes even give us solutions to problems we face.

So if your nights are filled with vivid dreams, don’t just brush them off as random brain activity. 

It might be your intuition trying to get your attention, using the quiet of sleep to communicate its insights. Embracing this aspect of your intuition can add another layer to your mindfulness practice.

In conclusion

Intuition isn’t some mystical power. It’s a natural, human trait that we all possess to varying degrees. The key is to recognize it and give it the space it needs to guide us.

If you’ve been nodding along to these signs, it’s clear that you’re a lot more intuitive than you might have realized. 

Embrace this. Trust your gut, listen deeply, and let your intuition guide you.

For more insights on how to connect with your intuition and live with maximum impact and minimum ego, I invite you to check out my book, “Hidden Secrets of Buddhism: How To Live With Maximum Impact and Minimum Ego”. It’s packed with practical guidance drawn from the wisdom of Buddhism and mindfulness practices.

Remember, your intuition is a powerful ally. The more you understand it, the more you can harness its power to enhance your life. Listen to it. Trust it. Let it guide you.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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