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Intuition is Real, Not Imagined

Beautiful woman thinkingIntuition is the calm, small voice inside of you that speaks up at unexpected times.  It is the ability to “just know” about a person, situation or decision without having to investigate.  We have all experienced a hunch about something or someone; that’s our intuition.

Some people call it “a sixth sense”, but either way, intuition is real, not imagined.  We are born with it and it is our gift to claim.  However, we have become so reliant on facts or logical thinking to make decisions that we often block our quiet, inner voice.  When was the last time you listened to your intuition… or did not?  What was the outcome?

How Your Intuition Speaks to You

  • You had a sense of fear or danger about a situation.
  • You had a nagging sense that you need to do something like go to the doctor or take a different route to work.
  • You felt very uncomfortable around someone you just met but couldn’t pinpoint a reason.
  • You had a “vision” that was reminiscent of déjà vu but you knew it was yet to be.
  • You feel as though you are not doing what you are meant to do in life.

It has been said that women have an edge when it comes to reading people or being a good judge of character. This, in part, may be due to being socialized differently than men.  Women and girls may hear the advice “listen to your gut” more often than men.  Certainly girls and women are asked more frequently how they feel about something (usually by another female) and this encourages them to dig deeper and search for their connection to intuition even if they don’t realize it.

Furthermore, for women, learning to connect with intuition is directly linked to healthy self-esteem.
  See, when a woman ignores her intuition there is an emotional price to pay. Have you ever second-guessed yourself about a decision, didn’t go with your instinct and then regretted it?  Think back to multiple choice questions on an exam and how your first guess was usually the correct one but you changed your mind after over thinking it. Or you had a suspicion your boyfriend or husband was cheating on you, but you “let it go” only to find out later it was true.  We all have had these experiences!  They should be reminding you to stop and think the next time you have a gut feeling about something.

If you would like more help improving your self esteem and connecting to your intuition, or know someone else who does, then please contact me via email or phone 703.505.2413. I would love to help!


Michelle Kelley BA, MSW, LCSW Licensed Counselor, Owner, Girls Stand Strong

Michelle Kelley Licensed Counselor, Owner, Girls Stand Strong

Licensed counselor and founder of Girls Stand Strong Michelle Kelley, LCSW, helps girls and women of all ages develop and improve their self-image, self-esteem, relationship and communication skills, emotional understanding, coping skills, the ability to handle difficult situations and people, and resiliency to create a brighter, better and more successful tomorrow. For more information about Michelle’s coaching and counseling services, call (703) 505-2413 or email

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