However, there is a fine line between being attuned to your intuition and appearing completely batshit bonkers to the rest of the world. Anyone that invests 100% of their decision making processes to their intuition alone is probably going to making some pretty whacky life choices because although useful, that gut feeling or voice inside your head is not always completely accurate and sometimes you have over-ride your instincts and employ some good old fashioned common sense and logic.
The human brain is wired to find patterns from our experiences and most of this happens to us on a subconscious level. What many people aren't aware of is that 95% of our brain activity actually occurs at this subconscious level and our body is always at work taking in information, finding patterns and triggering neurochemicals that exist not only in our brains but also in our gut. This is what forms our intuition and creates those gut feelings that something is either good or bad. The problem with this is that we do all of this subconscious thinking at much faster rate than we do our rational conscious thinking, we have to or else we would all have meltdowns trying to decide what to wear or eat for breakfast each day, so this process is really important and keeps us moving along and not getting hung up on the details. However, it moves at a fever pitch and this fast brained intuitive thinking is not always where we are doing our best thinking.
Our intuitive thoughts are not only created by our current situation but also by our past experiences, which can be why people get a really good or bad feeling about certain things, it's because they have had a similar experience before and they are drawing from that deep well of memories. It can make people seem like they have great instincts, but really they just have a shit tonne of experience around a certain situation and have a deeper well to draw from as a consequence of that experience. However, even years of experience can't stop a person's instincts from getting it wrong sometimes and that's because intuition also relies upon cognitive biases like overconfidence, unresolved emotions or feelings and selected attentions and this can prevent people from seeing a situation clearly for what it is. And for this reason, we need to be careful not to rely only on our intuition but also on our logical thinking as well.
By realizing that intuition has its flaws, then you can start to ground your instincts by employing more data and logic to the situation. You can consciously counteract your fast brained thinking (subconscious) with your slow brained thinking (conscious) and employ more reasoning, perspective and balance to your decision making. Remember that just because your gut is sending you a message, which may feel very strong and correct to you, it doesn't automatically make it correct and you need to use your logic to determine whether it is or isn't reasonable.
It really is a case of balancing both your intuition and your logic when it comes to sound thought processes, good decision making and accurate problem solving. Neither is less important than the other, and together they make for a pretty formidable team. So, whether your constantly enlisting the gut feeling of your 'Shining' or checking all the facts and data before making any choices, I would actually recommend that you pay attention to both of those methods now that you have an awareness that neither is more important than the other. Because when it comes to intuition vs logic, there really is no clear winner, you do need both and you should use both as often as you can.
Release Date: 2019
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 152 mins
Making a sequel to the cult horror classic The Shining was never going to be an easy undertaking, however I cannot deny that this was an extremely watchable and plausible sequel that held my intrigue, built well upon the sturdy foundations of the first installment and offered a few welcome easter eggs for fans of the '80 original.
Based on Stephen King's supernatural novel of the same name and written, directed and edited by Mike Flanagan, Doctor Sleep combines elements of the 1977 novel with this new tale and reintroduces a now adult Dan Torrance and a foray of other new characters that also have 'The Shining.'
Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is struggling with the trauma of his childhood and wants to make a clean start. However, when you have the shining, it can be very difficult to hide, particularly from individuals that are searching for people that have special gifts. Trying to stay out of sight becomes increasingly difficult when a cult group of soul eaters called The True Knot begin preying on small children and a child with 'The Shining' reaches out to Dan for help.
Flanagan has bravely taken on a giant here and I believe that he has succeeded. This film offers a new perspective on Danny Torrance's psychic gifts and on top of delivering a entirely new storyline that feels mythologically accurate, Doctor Sleep also tackles alcoholism, drug abuse and post traumatic behaviors in a sensitive and believable way. Sure it's no Kubrick masterpiece, but when you consider the shoes that it had to fill, this is really well done. Doctor Sleep offers both homage and respect to the work that Kubrick laid down decades ago and also delivers a solid and interesting modern horror story that is definitely worth a look.
FINAL SAY: Our beliefs don't make us better people. Our actions make us better people.
3.5 Chilli Peppers