It's often said that if you have a bad feeling about something, you should follow that intuition. But anyone with anxiety knows that's not so simple. Anxiety makes it harder to listen to your intuition, according to a recent study in Clinical Psychological Science. Anxiety also has a way of disguising itself as an "intuition" that something's very off, when really, all that's off is your brain chemistry.
"It can be challenging to determine whether a ‘bad feeling’ is a meaningful sign or if it’s anxiety," University of Virginia psychology professor Bethany Teachman tells Bustle. "This is especially difficult because the costs of not checking out whether the bad feeling is warranted can be significant — e.g., if you think a person has a suspicious package at the airport, the idea of not saying something and it turning out to be a bomb is terrifying." But while ignoring a feeling that really is an intuition can be dangerous, paying attention to it when it's really just anxiety can lead you to live in fear. So, how do you tell the difference?
Here are some signs suggesting that a foreboding feeling is really your anxiety acting up rather than your intuition, according to experts.