Originally Posted by BrandiRhoades
I hate to sound like a contrarian here, but you don't know that you're usually right. If you leave because of your instincts, you have no way ever to know that you were right or not.
I think it was a major overreaction. A woman was sitting in a car minding her own business, and that bothered you. I'm not sure why. If she'd gotten out, would that be better? Was she looking at you?
I'm a writer, and I often sit in my car to write. It works for me. There's nothing sinister about it, but I can imagine being this woman in the car you're talking about and you packing up and leaving.
I think "instinct" can be dangerous. Instinct causes many white women to cross the street when African American men are coming the other way. That "instinct" is really prejudice in disguise, though. So saying "always trust your instincts" doesn't really work for me.
I think your response is not a wise one for anyone to follow.
Read the book the "Gift of Fear" by Gavin De Becker. Studies show the same thing, that people aways say they had a "funny feeling", "a creepy feeling" and just brushed it off, did not want to be perceived rude. You pull the race card, and that is a bullshit card to pull. Women fear all colors and size men. It is a whole other conversatin, not this one.
At 15yrs old my daughter was abducted off a public beach at gun point and raped, she did not follow her gut instinct, and she has a good one as a city kid, she was polite. I certainly never taught her to be polite to strangers.
In the playground I saw a women leading a child out of a park holding his hand, it was not her child the mother started screaming to stop her, and we all ran to help. Everyone in the park than said "oh i had such a creepy feeling about that women waking around the park".
We see stuff all the time and never have a weird feeling, when you get that feeling follow it!