One of our strong traits as a highly sensitive person is intuition, but is it always certain, and how can fear affect intuition?
“I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she’ll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.” – Kim Basinger
In a magazine interview, she talked about moving to New York at a young age to model, then get into acting.
“It was just an on-going belief and faith that this is where I was supposed to go, where I was headed, because I had to do this thing.
“It was really just an intuitive knowing, and you don’t back down from that.
“I don’t care if fear is involved—and there had been a tremendous amount of fear at times.”
From Kim Basinger interview by Elvis Mitchell, Interview Magazine February 22, 2014.
Psychologist and researcher Elaine Aron comments about intuition and highly sensitive people or persons – HSPs:
“When we decide without knowing how we came to that decision, we call this intuition, and HSPs have good (but not infallible!) intuition.
“When you make a decision consciously, you may notice that you are slower than others because you think over all the options so carefully.
“That’s depth of processing too.”
Dismissive of intuition
Many creative people talk about using intuitive guidance in their work and lives.
But it can be a challenge for people who “live in their heads” (like me) and are predominantly intellectual to acknowledge and make use of intuition.
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D. notes:
“Individuals with higher intelligence are likely to be well educated.
“Higher education indoctrinates students to think logically and skeptically and to dismiss intuitive information.
“Scientific evidence and logical argument are considered legitimate, whereas intuitive knowing and higher wisdom are relegated to the realm of superstition.”
Actor, teacher and entrepreneur Carrie-Anne Moss comments:
“Sometimes it is fear that sings the loudest.
“Fear that we will lose love.
“Fear that we will lose ourselves. Fear that we really don’t know the best way.”
From my article Wrestling with our intuition.)
Is is fear or intuition?
Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur (HSE) coach Heather Dominick addresses this question in a post on her site – addressed to entrepreneurs specifically, but valuable for anyone who is a HSP.
Fear of what you’ll lose.
Fear of who you’ll have to be.
Fear of what others will say or think.
Fear of you’ll disappoint.
Fear of whether you’re doing it right or wrong.
Fear there won’t be enough.
Fear that YOU are not enough.
All forms of fear are an unreliable antenna for which direction you’re meant to go next.
Mostly because it blocks your intuition.
And your intuition is one of your greatest HSE Strengths.
So, whenever I hear a HSE say to me she can’t do something because her intuition says so, but really the “unreasonable reason” of why she can’t reeks of fear and resistance, I know the HSE has lost her way.
Your intuition will pull you forward (despite all logic most of the time) but it will never shut you down or hold you back. Never. Ever.
“Never What You Think (Fear)” by Heather Dominick, August 31, 2018,
Find it in the blog section of her site A Course In Business Miracles – Mentoring for Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs.
Learn more about her programs in my article: