In the days of our cave-dwelling grandmothers, intuition was a powerful tool. While men could rely on strength and speed, women had different options: a) rely on male protection (partner, family); b) rely on strength in numbers with other women (we see evidence of this still today when teenage girls band together, and in the fact that women are significantly more social than men. See Louann Brizindine's The Female Brain). Also helping our intuitive senses is the fact that women can read facial expressions and subtle visage changes up to 400x more accurately than men.
With all these advantages, it is not surprising that women's intuition is so strong - it has to be because it's a survival mechanism.
Why does your intuition act up?
Your intuition activates for one of only two reasons:
1) There is reason to
2) To protect your safety
That's it. If your intuition is acting up, there is generally good cause. With intuition, there are several levels of alarm:
With curiosity, your brain is identifying that you need more information, though as your intuition brings you closer to FEAR, this is a blaring signal that your brain is identifying that there is an immediate threat to your safety.
Your conscious brain spends a good deal of time filtering out many of the things that it sees everyday; if it didn't, we would be on sensory overload all the time. Your intuition kicks in when your subconscious brain has picked up something that your conscious brain hasn't yet (maybe a shadow, a small noise, a look, some body language).
Intuition vs. Judgment
Unfortunately, we've learned to override our judgment, sometimes with costly effects. Often, women think, "oh, I'm in a safe city/neighbourhood, nothing bad will happen" or "he doesn't look dangerous" or "I'm older, no one will bother me." That's the exact opposite mindset to have. In fact, when we are more open to the possibility of danger, we can be better prepared. We cannot afford to be in denial or to simply dismiss our intuition.
Can you imagine an animal sensing danger, and then dismissing it and going back to grazing peacefully? It doesn't happen.
Bottom line: If your intuition is acting up, LISTEN TO IT AND RESPOND APPROPRIATELY.
de Becker, Gavin. The Gift of Fear. New York: Delta Publications, 1997.
Brizindine, Louann. The Female Brain. New York: Broadway Books, 1996.