Often, what we think are instincts are actually intuitions. The difference is you are born with your instincts; your intuitions you can practice, polish and improve with practice and effort. There are many times in life you won’t have time to think. Your practiced intuitions are all you will have in that moment to figure out what’s going on and how to respond. Don’t disregard intuition. Practice it. A big part of spiritual maturity involves shaping your intuitions to match God’s truth about you, others & the world.