'Instinct' is this week's topic for the Facebook GBE2 group (Group Blogging Experience). When the topic was first suggested, my mind was totally blank. I had absolutely no idea what I could write.
Since then, I've already read some excellent posts on the subject - our writing 'instinct', the dangers of ignoring the 'warning bell', a mother's instincts, a teacher's instincts - and many more.
I started to think how one person's instincts can be different from another's. Our personal 'warning bell' about whether or not something is right is individual to each and every one of us.
From there, my thoughts rambled on (as they do!) about whether we unconsciously confer our own kind of instincts to our characters, or whether they develop their own, which might or might not be the same as ours.
Put another way, how many of what we call our "instincts" are actually a product of our own background, upbringing, environment and experiences?
My conclusion (I think!) is that the instincts of, for example, a person who has been brought up in a beautiful area of the country surrounded by a loving family can be poles apart from a person who has been brought up in abject poverty and subjected to abuse (of whatever kind). That's an extreme case. At a different level, an experienced detective's instincts can be very difference from a young nurse's instincts in their professional lives but possibly the same (or similar) in their personal lives.
Maybe this all shows my muddled thinking at the moment but I'll be very interested in your views - which might help me to clarify my own!