Intuition connects us to the natural world and to our nature. Freed from the bonds of judgment, married only to perception, it carries us to predictions we will later marvel at.
— , The Gift of Fear
Intuition is a powerful method for predicting human behavior that has been shaped by evolution and the survival instinct.recommends listening to intuitions because they can be reactions to what he calls “pre-incident indicators of violence.” De Becker sees violence as an enduring element of human behavior that affects women, children, and minorities more than other members of society. The feeling of fear that comes from intuition can protect people in dangerous situations. Unfortunately, social norms sometimes lead people to ignore their intuition.
Intuition is a form of self-preservation. It can be based on signals from the immediate environment or triggered by the memory or imagination. De Becker recommends that people identify the signals that lead to fear and if the signal is present in the environment they should be on high alert.
True fear is a gift that signals us in the presence of danger; thus, it will be based upon something you perceive in your environment or your circumstance. Unwarranted fear or worry will always be based upon something in your imagination or your memory.
― , The Gift of Fear
In the presence of danger, individuals ignore their intuition at their peril.