Do You Listen to Your Gut?

I sure do.

Whenever I don’t, I quickly regret it.

Let me give you some examples. 

(1) In 1969, I was five years old. The first time my mother turned on the Bill Cosby Show I told her that he was “not a nice man”. Each time she would try to force me to watch his show because it was the “in thing” at the time, I responded with strong-willed physical and verbal resistance. This continued until she finally gave up. Of course, I didn’t know why nor was I old enough to care why I responded so strongly to Cosby, but that feeling didn’t wear off. When I became a mother, I didn’t allow my children to watch any of Cosby’s shows – A Different World, The Cosby Mysteries, the Cosby sitcom, or Kids Say the Darndest Things. So, when he was convicted of aggravated indecent assault, and sentenced in prison in 2018, it didn’t surprise me at all. In fact, here is my video of his handwriting that I did in 2014…

(2) I never liked Tom Hanks, Ellen, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey Jr, Barack Obama, or Michael Jackson. There are many more, but it’s too long of a list to place all their names here. I never knew why other than my “gut”. However, now they are being mentioned in possibly conspiracy theories like Qnon, Pedogate, and Pizzagate, among others.

Please understand that I had never heard of any of those “theories” until last month. So whether they are true, or not and no matter what Corey Feldman or Elijah Wood says, none of it has any bearing on what my gut has been telling me for decades.

Back in 2004, I made this video of Michael Jackson’s handwriting…

(3) I never liked Oprah Winfrey either but, when I was invited to appear on her show back in the 1990s, I went. Twice. During the audience questions, she was very rude to everyone. She didn’t seem sincere to her image when she was off-camera. Then, in 2002, when she started talking about Dr. Phil, I immediately shared my unease with my immediate family. My “gut” told me something was “not quite right about Dr. Phil”.  Having a 35-year mental health background, I felt that Dr. Phil was unethical and that he enjoyed intimidating and exploiting people for his personal financial gain and notoriety.

Then, later, I was in my doctor’s office waiting to get my annual check-up. On the television in the waiting room, I saw Dr. Oz for the first time. Instinctively, I didn’t like him either.

Today, the very thing that inspired this post, I was on Twitter and saw a trending hashtag about “Mr. Phil” instead of “Dr. Phil”. I don’t typically follow trends unless something piques my interest. When I clicked on the hashtag, I saw this photo. Again, no surprise.


So let this post be a reminder that your “gut” usually knows more than your “consciousness” does. Your subconscious controls at least 95% of your existence in thoughts and behaviors. Your subsconscious basically helps keep your body alive by keeping your heart beating.

Therefore, your “gut” is part of your subconscious. So, when it tells you something is wrong, please believe it.

As I mentioned originally, whenever I have gone against my gut and not listened to it, I soon regretted it.

In closing… I urge you to always remember…

truth gut quote


Ms. Mozelle MartinFMHP, FHWE, PhD.

  • 35-year  International Forensic Handwriting Expert
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