How can one reconcile logical and/or rational thinking with the instinctive action in some situations, and how can one know whether one should proceed rationally/logically due to the situation, or listen to the gut feeling?

I don’t understand the concept of “gut feeling” – as soon as you formulate what the feeling tells you, express a thought.

So perhaps your “belly” motivates you to a plot perspective that is different from the ones you have devised through long mature grumblings.

Nevertheless, the balance between these differently motivated alternatives to action is always a mental balancing act…

Unless they act unconsciously – for example, jump to the side because the bus comes – but in these cases you do not act at all, but the behavior you show simply happens.Relatedly it happens to you.

To consider “instinctive action” to be particularly valuable is, in my opinion, a naturalistic misconceptionanyway 鈥?Wikipedia .

Instinct may be natural, but what the moral or utilitarian superiority is supposed to be here has not yet been revealed to me.

Suppose you are on a podium.
Their discussing opponent is one and a half heads taller, extremely muscular and gesticulating menacingly.Your instinct will probably naturally suggest escape at this point…

Fortunately, we as human beings, especially as members of civil societies, have grown beyond instinct.We have learned to replace instinctive behavior with culturally motivated behaviour. This is subjectively not always the best way, but naturally prefers natural instincts. Instincts are primitive and culturally agnostic. Not good advisers.

In my view, only two things are necessary and decisive for action:

On the one hand, what you want to do and, on the other hand, whether you believe that what you are considering to do really leads to achieving what you want to achieve.

So if you want to weigh up, please choose between different ways of doing things in order to achieve exactly what you want to achieve as successfully as possible.

Certainly, there are different alternatives to achieving the desired success.However, effort, possibly Costs, even foreseeable consequences (for themselves and for others!), possible collateral damage, etc. – these and similar factors are the factors that play a role in this.

All these factors and elements are difficult to relate to and compare with each other.How, for example, can one “calculate” the possible applause or disappointment of friends with effort and costs?

None of this has happened so far during the decision-making process.You have to imagine these factors and elements first, calculate them, visualize them in front of your inner eye or otherwise imagine them…

(Again, instincts are not helpful here, instincts are reaction patterns without imagination, without imagination or the ability to weigh anything !… I really hope that, within a cultural environment, no one will be guided by instincts in their decisions!)

I don’t know what you mean by rational.Of course, many decisions are also very emotional (has nothing to do with instinct!):

You may be taking extraordinarily high costs to revisit your birthplace after you have emigrated happily and successfully.

There is no objective yardstick here: the visit was quite subjectively and personally worth it to pay the high travel and costs.


You probably won’t like my answer to your question:

I just think there are no shortcuts here.

Neither the quick yielding to emotional impulses (instincts we have ruled out!), such as homesickness, nor any simple calculation trick or a general decision-making strategy (pro-and-contra lists) will help you to find the right ones in individual cases. or in repetition to make the permanently better decisions.

For this, action situations are too different.What you want to achieve is far too individual and the assessment of action success or failure is by its very nature purely subjective.

What should ultimately count for you is whether or not you are more or less satisfied with what comes out of it when you act.

If you are not, then only practice, practice and practice helps again and again…

… Over time, you will surely be able to see how everyone in any discipline, a very good sense of priorities, prospects for success, your own effort, and how you feel about the changes that have been effected afterwards.

I would therefore say: simply use everything that is available for decision-making – then act and then learn from it in retrospect how it went (and whether you have advised yourself well…).

In this way, you develop personal models, individual habits, your own perspectives and, over time, a pronounced intuition about how you want to and can deal with certain situations.With a little luck, you will be increasingly confident and successful over time.

Exercise makes the master.

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