In times of immense and looming danger, our gut instincts can literally save our lives. In most psychological thrillers, there are moments leading up to a disaster when the protagonist feels their arm hair stand up straight, while they sense the emergence of mysterious presence of danger.
Sadly though, when it comes to social situations, if you're the only person feeling that gut instinct, it's all too easy to gaslight yourself and assume it is a baseless wave of anxiety vs an evolutionary form of self-protection. But in many cases, our gut instinct is there for a reason, and it's best to at least double check if its valid.
In a recent Reddit thread, people shared the times their gut instincts were correct, and in many of these cases it saved them from illness spreading, violent predators, and other unsavory fates.
"I had a bad feeling about my aunt’s boyfriend. Told my mom he seemed creepy and I didn’t want to stay the night there anymore. I got a bit of a lecture for calling him creepy, but she made sure I was never around him alone. And good thing - he turned out to be a child molester who is currently in jail for his involvement in a kiddie porn ring."