This is a discussion on INFJ Intuition: Premonition? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Originally Posted by Lemxn One thing is our intuition and another very different is premonitions. I have both. The first ...
I have both as well. Both have been very strong since I was around 15 (I'm 31 now) and I thought I was weird.
I had a friend tell people I was being introduced to "If she has a feeling, you had better listen to it. It's crazy." That was awkward.
However, it did and still does make me smile because even those few times, someone actually believed in my intuition. Which I struggle with believing in myself anymore. Being told to throw it out and ignore it so often, even when it's screaming at me. What can one expect. Married to an ESTP :P
1. Learn to trust your intuition. It takes practice. But the more you perceive something intuitively and hold on to it, the more you will trust yourself.
2. I think intuition and premonition are two separate things. Intuition to me is based on small, tiny observations which when connected lead the intuiter to a conclusion. The observations are so small and seemingly insignificant that an SF or ST would think they are unimportant. I think some NTs would share that same opinion. But to an NF, they add up. PRemonitions on the other hand are not based on any observation but some instantaneous gut feeling. I don't know if this would be called a premonition, but one time I was driving to the mall in the rain and I got a terrible gut feeling that something bad had happened to my mom. Mind you I had not even talked to her that day. Turns out in that exact moment, she had gotten into a car accident. It turned out to be a minor fender gender, so everything was ok.
For INFJs, at times you'll want to T(h)i-nk long and hard, at other times you'll do better if you Fe-ng it. I find Daniel Kahnemann's thoughts on the topic worthwhile reading - here's an interview Sam Harris did with him.
"Do you have any advice about when people should be especially hesitant to trust their intuitions?
When the stakes are high. We have no reason to expect the quality of intuition to improve with the importance of the problem. Perhaps the contrary: High-stake problems are likely to involve powerful emotions and strong impulses to action. If there is no time to reflect, then intuitively guided action may be better than freezing or paralysis, especially for the experienced decision maker. If there is time to reflect, slowing down is likely to be a good idea. The effort invested in “getting it right” should be commensurate with the importance of the decision."