Forbes: The Science Behind Intuition


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Summary of Article

In my private psychiatric practice, I work with executives who come to me to develop their intuition. Intuition is the ability to know something from an instinctive feeling rather than simply conscious reasoning. It is an inner knowing accessible to us all that can guide us through life. Scientists believe it operates through the right side of the brain or through our gut, producing that gut-feeling so many of us can recognize. Women’s brains are optimized for intuitive decision-making because of their highly developed corpus callosum (the bridge between the left (intellectual) and right (intuitive) hemispheres of the brain. Recognizing and trusting our intuition takes practice but once it is developed it has the ability to guide us through life’s biggest questions. In this Forbes article, I share steps to access, develop and amplify intuition to fully tap into this superpower.

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Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her companion book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She blends the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Gateway Asia. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for Businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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