5 Common Feelings You Often Mistake for Intuition

Feeling like your intuition let you down again?

I’ve been there myself far too many times – and it took me a while to realize what’s going on.

What if I told you that wasn’t even your gut talking in the first place – would you believe me?

Yup, you heard that right.

That wasn’t your intuition telling you to act upon something – those were some of your emotions pretending to be intuition.

Sometimes, different emotions – and especially strong ones! – pop up in our head as intuition. But there’s a way to tell them apart – and it’ll come natural to you as soon as you become aware of what’s really going on inside your head.

Keep up with me here to discover what are the most common feelings you often mistake for intuition and how to tell when your gut is really talking to you!

Most common feelings you often mistake for intuition

Here’s a look into the most common feelings we all sometimes mix up with our gut talking and what you can do about it!


1. Desire

You know how sometimes you really, really like a guy? And then you keep bumping into him at your favorite coffee shop, and then at your local Target, and then at the movies!

Is this meant to be? OMG – YES, the Universe is sending you signs! And you’re blessing your intuition… until you find out that he’s well, already taken.

Was your gut wrong? Nope, that was simply desire taking the wheel! See, the thing is, intuition is never as strong and overwhelming as desire. Intuition will never be repetitive and convincing as desire can get.

Still not sure whether something is intuition or desire?

Step back and assess. Are the feelings you get about the present – or the future? Do you feel calm – or rushed to make a decision?

Remember, intuition is never about the future – nor feels rushed. Intuition is always about the here and the now.

2. Fear

Fear is very likely THE most commonly mistaken emotion when it comes to listening to your gut. So how do you know whether your gut is telling you to stay away – or you’re simply scared?

Here’s what I do that you can do as well.

When you’re just scared, your mind will be SWAMPED with a million different thoughts about… well, about everything! You overthink, you doubt, you worry – and you seek the approval of others.

On the other side, intuition never makes you overthink. If it were really your gut talking, you wouldn’t want to call your best friend to confirm – if that makes any sense!

Intuition is more instant – like a light bulb turning on! Once it’s on, you know it’s on – and you don’t worry about whether that light bulb should be on or off!

3. Disappointment

Life isn’t going according to plan and you take that as a bad sign?

Don’t give up just yet.

Actually, that’s probably not even something you should take as a sign from your gut. Sometimes, bad things happen for a reason – to clear up old energy and to help you let go of the past.

Trust your gut – and trust the Universe a bit more. Better things are coming your way!

After all, you know how the rule goes. The Universe never said everything will go the way you imagined it will. The Universe simply said you’ll arrive where you’re meant to be at the right time.

4. Anger

Anger is a strong emotion – and every strong emotion has the power to trick you into thinking that’s your gut doing the talking.

The thing is, anger works side by side with the ego. That little voice you hear isn’t your gut doing the talking – it’s your ego convincing you to stay angry!

The ego wants you to be angry – and wants you to focus only on HOW YOU FEEL.

That means you’re not looking at the bigger picture. You may miss out on something big – something that’s really important but you won’t pay attention to it because you’re focusing only on your anger.

See where I’m going with this?

Using your intuition doesn’t only mean doing what you feel like doing. More often than not, it’s about utilizing both how you feel and what you perceive to your advantage.

5. Anxiety

You can’t shake off the feeling that something bad is going to happen to you – and that has lasted for months already?

Let me tell you right away – that’s not your gut giving you a warning. If it were, it wouldn’t last for weeks or months – and it wouldn’t feel dreadful.

That’s probably just your anxiety talking to you.

Intuition will never make you feel scared – or uncomfortable about something for days on end. And again – intuition is always about what’s happening now, not what will happen in the future.

Next time you’re all caught up in worrying, close your eyes and breathe deeply for a while. I bet that in a few minutes you’ll hear a soft voice at the back of your mind that everything’s alright – now, that’s the voice of intuition!

Which of these feelings you often mistake for intuition? How do you make sure to avoid falling into the trap?