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We Already Knew, But: Women’s Intuition Scientifically Proven

A mother’s intuition. A wife’s intuition. A daughter’s intuition. Whatever our role is in life as a woman, we just know things. We can sense when someone is hurting, when our child isn’t telling us something, when our partner isn’t telling us something, when our parents aren’t telling us something. We read people with a maternal, nurturing, intuitive sense. The hidden strengths of women, both cognitive and physical, are extraordinary. We hear absolutely impossible tales of mothers lifting cars and exerting phenomenal physical strength to save another life. We experience, in our own lives and the lives of others, the sixth female sense of intuition. What has been a form of folklore is now scientific fact. Women have a special intuition, scientifically proven.

“Women may exhibit more empathy, intuition, collaboration, self-control and appropriate concern because of increased blood flow in the brain,” writes the researchers at the Amen Clinics who had a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Doctor Daniel Amen, a world renown psychiatrist and speaker on mental health, is a leader in the discussion of the brain. His philosophy is that our brains can be changed, healed, and transformed and that we are not restricted to the brain that we have. Dr. Amen and his team used SPECT, single photon emission computed tomography to examine the way a woman’s brain works compared to a man’s brain, specifically blood flow and patterns of activity. Women’s brains have more activity and more blood flow than men, the study found, which contributes to their greater senses. Empathy, intuitions, collaboration, self-control, and concern is the result of a gender difference in the brain.  Over 120 brain regions were analyzed across 46,000 studies which included more than 25,000 men and women of varying mental health.

How a Woman’s Brain Differs

Exactly where and how the brain of a woman differs is specific to the areas in where a woman’s brain has the most activity. According to Ozy who reported on the study, women show more activity and/or blood flow in the:

  • Prefrontal cortex: The prefrontal cortex is one of the most important parts of the brain because it holds all of the cognitive functions that make us human. In addiction and alcoholism, the prefrontal cortex is one of the most heavily influenced areas, changing the way we think, perceive the world, and operate within it.
  • Limbic system: The limbic system includes area of the brain that are responsible for regulating emotion, emotional responses, mood, anxiety, and depression.
  • Hippocampus: The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for memory.


Healing the brain takes time and is a critical part of the recovery process. After an initial stay of treatment at a residential or partial care program, a newly sober women needs continued clinical care, support, and structure to allow her mind, body, and spirit to heal. Villa Tranquil offers women the unique opportunity for transitional living after treatment. For information on our beautiful home and healing program in Jupiter Farms, Florida, call us today: 214-799-3080