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Who do you listen to? Your Head. Your Heart. And, the answer is….

September 28, 2010

I’ve recently been going through a lot of books that I’ve had on my reading shelves (read the plural).  And, I’m making great headway.  One interesting thing that I noticed the other evening was how many authors (and colleagues), promoted the fact that people listen to much to their head.  That we should be more in tune with our emotional side.  This is interesting, but it bothered me.  And, in fact, it has bothered me for a long time.  So, here is my rant on the head and the heart.

The Head.  There have been periods in history where great emphasis was placed on the logical (or what is incorrectly referred to as left brain thinking).  Even today, many people still believe that thinking things through is the best way to do things.

The Heart.  As I mentioned, there are many pundits out there who believe that this world should be run by our emotions.  Or, our lives should at the very least have more direction created by our emotional side (or again what is incorrectly referred to as right brain thinking).

I believe that both types of thinking are fine.  And, before I go on, let me say that we need both kinds of thinking.  But, I do believe that there is another type of thinking that is generally more accurate, thinking with your gut. 

Now before I go on, I want to define what I mean by gut.  Some of you may use the term gut to mean thinking with your heart or your emotions.  That’s not what it means to me.  To me, going with your gut is something different.  Your gut is that sense you get get about what is the right thing to do.  It combines knowledge from your logical side, your emotions and likely a number of other senses you may not be aware of.  It take all the information in and sythesizes a response for you.

Again, I do believe that there is a place for solely logical or emotional thinking but I often feel that we talk to much about only the two options and don’t discuss what many people – business people, athletes, explorers, leaders and others – use to achieve world class performance, their gut sense.

So, what do you think or feel about this?

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  1. Johana Lintaman says:

    I love your definition of thinking with the gut.
    It is something I feel a lot of moms do when dealing with childhood illnesses for example.

    If you’d like to experience/feel how thinking with your brain vs thinking with your heart works here is an open invitation to try a tai chi class. For most of us it is a balance that is difficult to achieve.

    Food for thought…

    • mindscape says:

      Hi Johana,

      Thanks for the post. Yes, I think a lot of people use it and those that use it well, tend to do very well. And, yes, everyone can try out Tai Chi…


  2. Joanna says:

    As always you provide a new door of thought. I’m glad to gain some consciousness about the gut. I think you’re brilliant in every one of your blogs.

  3. mindscape says:

    Thanks Joanna.

    I’m honoured and humbled.

    All the Best, Paul