As I was pushing the shopping cart down the aisle, the man turned and looked at me. Slowly I passed him, trying to ignore his gaze. With my head turned away from him, I could feel his stare going straight through me. I shuddered and my body tightened. Without returning his look, I pushed the cart out of the aisle and rounded the corner, leaving the man behind me.
Maybe my intuition was wrong about him, or maybe it wasn’t. Either way, something about that man made me very uneasy. Throughout my life, I’ve only gotten that feeling a handful of times. Each time it leaves me wondering, what it was about them that made me feel that way. Were they truly ‘bad’ people, or were my senses merely heightened and exaggerated?
Maybe they’re great people, and if I had the time to talk with them I could find out the answer. But in those situations, I scurry away too quickly for that. I just can’t help but to think that there must be something about them that’s not good.
If not, then why is it that being around people who are seen as ‘bad’ (gang members, drug dealers, ex-convicts, etc.) doesn’t make me uneasy at all? To me, they’re just people who make bad choices, no different than anyone else. They certainly don’t give me the creeps, unlike the guy at the store.
I wonder how accurate a person’s intuition is. We can sense a person’s negativity without a word being spoken, but can we pick up on dangerous vibes from someone by simply passing by them?
Criminals have been known to trick their victims with sweet-talking and kindness. They are very cunning, so people fall right into their hands. In those situations, were the victims’ intuition not working, or did they just brush it off? They may not have had time.
Either way, that makes me question how much our intuition can really be trusted.
To be fair, I could talk to those people who make me uneasy. In public of course, with people all around. But, why take the risk? Then again, I could be missing out on knowing (even if for only a moment) a genuinely nice person.
For now though, whether accurate or not, I think I’ll stick to trusting my intuition. Better safe than sorry, right?