【英语阅读】本能的艺术:从8个方面跟着感觉走

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The Art of Instinct: 8 Ways to Trust Your Gut

There’s an age-old question surrounding our thoughts and behaviors: Do we think before we act, or act before we think? The fact is much of our decision making is merely reactionary—instinctual responses to our body’s physical reactions. Clichés like “following your heart” and “trusting your gut” can often, it seems, be surprisingly accurate. No matter how much of an “over-thinker” we may believe that we are, those sweaty palms oftentimes trump our logic even when making the most important choices.

就思想和行为而言,有一个老生常谈的问题:是思想先于行动,还是行动先于思想?实际上我们多数决定都是相当不安分的-本能引领着生理行为。像我们司空见惯的“跟随你的心”和“相信你的直觉”这样的陈词可以说是特别准确。无论我们坚信自己多么的笃行慎言,那种心跳加速的感觉都会凌驾于逻辑之上,即便是在做最重要的决定。

More often than not, our bodies can govern how we think and feel rather than our minds being in control. People who are most in tune with their bodies are at greater risk for being led by gut instinct.

通常情况下,我们的身体会支配着思想和感觉,而不得思维的控制。那些与身体达到了一定配合度的人更有受直觉支配的风险。

Studies show that when we are faced with financial offers that we deem unfair, for instance, our gut feelings override our rational, quantitative decision-making abilities. Even when we will ultimately benefit from the proposal, our physical reactions make us far more likely to reject the proposition we falsely consider to be unjust.

研究表明如若我们面临不公平的薪资待遇时,我们的本能感受就会忽视理智稳重的决策能力。即便我们最终会受益于某个建议,我们的生理反应也会武断地认为那份建议不公平,而极力去排斥。

How do we master the art of instinct?

那我们要怎么样掌握这门本能的艺术呢?

1. Listen to your gut when making decisions that have no wrong answer or no negative consequence.

1.若直觉能排除不正确因素,那就听从直觉。

Feel like the report you’ve just written needs another review? Make it happen. Does something trivial just feel right? Don’t over-think it and just enjoy.

感觉刚写的报告需要再次复查一下?那就复查吧。有些微不足道之处感觉不对劲?不要浪费脑细胞了,好好享受就行。

2. Think before you act when a choice could result in long-term consequences.

2. 当某个决定会起着长期作用时,三思而后行。

When choosing a home, for instance, it is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of landing new digs. But, sleep on it! Weigh the pros and cons and be sure to check out plenty of homes before choosing your future residence.

比如说在选择住家时,在兴奋中打包行李是件易事。但是,要慎重!衡量好其中的利弊,在选择未来的居住点之前,一定要多观望几处房子。

3. Don’t let your head get in the way when it comes to compassion.

3. 恻隐心起之时要毫不犹豫。

If you see someone in need and feel the impulse to help, do it. Compassion is a gut instinct that should never be ignored.

如果你看见有人需要帮助,想要帮助他们,去做吧。同情心是不可忽视的直觉。

4. Trust your intuition when you feel unsafe.

4. 感觉不安时要相信直觉。

This doesn’t mean always letting fear get in the way, but when it comes to situations in which you feel an unwavering sense of vulnerability, listen to your instinct. If you are walking on a dark street and feel a seemingly irrational sense that the person behind you is a threat, go with your intuition and cross the street.

这并不是说让恐惧常驻于心,可一旦你陷入了某种极其不安的处境时,要听从直觉。如果你深夜走在大街上,隐约感觉身后有人图谋不轨,那就听从直觉跨向另一条街。

5. If you have a feeling that you or your child is sick.

5. 如果你觉得自己或小孩生病了。

Don’t ignore this sentiment! Take action—book an appointment. No one knows your body like you do. Listen to it!

不要忽视这个感觉!要采取行动-预约医生。没有人比你更了解自己。听从内心!

6. When rewards are within your capabilities.

6. 在能力范围内犒劳自己。

Studies show that for many decisions, ranging from major to inconsequential, people who thought less (relied less on logic) reported being happier with their choices. Don’t let your thoughts get in the way of appreciating an exciting milestone. Just treated yourself to a new bag that’s well within your budget? Good for you! Kick that buyer’s remorse to the side.

研究表明,在面对多数决定时,无论决定重要与否,思虑较少的人(较少依赖逻辑)能更加快乐地对待选择。在欣然迎接里程碑的时刻,不要让思虑阻挠了你的步伐。刚刚从预算中给自己买了个新包?干得漂亮!让后悔买包的心情一边去吧。

7. Stick with your head when making decisions under emotional pressures.

7. 当情绪负有压力时,要保持理智。

If you’re having a bad day, everything can appear seemingly negative. Don’t let these physiological responses lead you to an unsound conclusion.

如果你正在度过糟糕的一天,每件事情看起来似乎都很阴郁。不要让这种生理反应将你带入不当的决策中。

8. When you are self-assured.

8. 当你自信满满时。

When feeling a sudden urge of confidence for no rational reason, trust your gut and don’t let your mind bring you down.

当你瞬间毫无缘由地充满自信时,要相信直觉,不要让思维挫败了你的信心。

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