A lot has been said about “women’s intuition”, which basically means that if a women “feels” something is wrong, it probably is.
But, is it really true? Do all women have this intuition, which all men lack? And if so, how could this be explained scientifically?
There have been various researches, which shows that at the time of birth there is no special brain cells that are installed in a female brain that gives her this mythical all empowering knowledge. It is simply a more cultural and sociological conditioning that happens once the child is born.
A male child is taught to be “strong/powerful/tough”. He is condemned for showing any kind of emotion. Since the time he is born he is conditioned in a way to think “emotions=weak”. His toys are cars, tough macho heroes, swords, guns etc. A little boy who cries is ridiculed until he learns to control. But in doing this, the society traps men into this hard shell that they have to be confined to. Which is why men, especially those who have grown up in traditional and patriarchal structures, find difficulty in expressing emotions of any kind.
Now, coming to Intuition, usually intuition is how we think the person is reacting based on the subtle emotions that the person shows on his or her face or a certain action or body language that he or she does. For example, if a person is talking to you and is not able to make eye contact, there is a good chance that the person is lying. Or if a person is uncomfortable, constantly fidgeting, they might be nervous about something.
Judith Orloff, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and author of Dr. Judith Orloff’s Guide To Intuitive Healing: 5 Steps To Physical, Emotional, And Sexual Wellness, is of an opinion that:
“Men can be powerfully intuitive — they have the same capabilities as women, But in our culture, we view intuition as something that’s warm and fuzzy, or not masculine, so men have often lost touch with those feelings.”
Feelings is what is generally associated with a woman. A woman who shows her feelings is just a woman showing a feeling, which has no connection to the kind of woman she is. But if a man shows feelings, he is weak, not manly enough, not strong enough. Also, in extremely patriarchal setting, a woman is always silly, whimsical creature, who uses her heart and never her brains. Intelligence is a manly trait. So, if a female deducts something based on logic, it could always be because of her “woman’s intuition”, How Convenient!
So, is not it obvious, that the group who can express their feelings and emotions freely would be more inclined to notice others facial reactions and body language, than the group that is trained meticulously not to?
Now, intuition in itself is not 100% true all of the time, but there is some subconscious level at which our brain picks out the various stimulus from our environment and makes us “feel” something good is about to happen, or something is not right. Maclom Gladwell’s Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a fantastic read in order to understand this feeling something is right or wrong in a blink of a second. He delves into various situations where this intuition came into play and affects the situation as a whole.