“The important thing is to never stop to question yourself. Curiosity has its own reason to exist. You can only admire contemplating the mysteries of eternity, life, and the structure of what makes up reality. It’s enough for everyone to try to understand this mystery little by little every day. “Albert Einstein
What Is Curiosity?
Curiosity is the ability to question oneself and to ask questions, it is an admirable character trait that must be encouraged and cultivated in everyone. To be curious, it is necessary to have the courage and the will to seek the answers / the experiments to satiate our curiosity.
You may be a very curious person, but you grew up in a society that belittles all unconventional ideas or questions. Thus, you and many others have buried your curiosity deep inside, convincing you that it was no longer necessary to be.
The vast majority of adults today think they “know everything”, limiting their own psychological, intellectual or spiritual development. Such a waste! They do this because their age – according to the conventions of society – dictates to them how they behave.
If you are an adult, you are supposed to have “discovered everything” of life. Yet to be curious as to be humble. It’s having enough willingness and openness to say, “Yes, I do not know, but I’d like to know.”
And here are 5 Characteristics of Curiosity:
1– Curiosity Is Like Food
Psychology researchers see things in two schools, reports Josh Clark in Howstuffworks. According to the theory of the drives, curiosity would be a natural need to appease as much as hunger and thirst. Thus, we could compare the topics of our curiosity to foods. We feed on crosswords, puzzles, a language we learn, a journey we make. Once our curiosity is satisfied in a field, we continue to deepen or change the subject.
2– An Orderly World
According to another approach, which we call incongruity theory, during our life, we meet various elements, objects or people that do not correspond to what we know about the world.
Faced with the chaos that this arouses in us, we seek explanations. Our goal: to recreate order in life. Curiosity would be stimulated by our need to live in an orderly and coherent world.
3– Curiosity As A Source Of Pleasure
Another aspect of things: for our brain, satisfy our curiosity would be a pleasure. As soon as you find a word in the crosswords, a solution to a problem, or information on a topic of interest, you would get a share of dopamine. For a few minutes, it’s a joy!
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4– A Growing Brain
In 2006, a brain neuroplasticity study was conducted with a group of apprentice London taxi drivers. For their jobs, they had to study countless names of streets and their places (it seems that the streets of London are very difficult to unravel) and they were compared to a control population. As a result, novice drivers saw their hippocampus, a region of the brain, gain volume over the four years of the study. Having become able to locate anywhere in the city, their brains had changed, they were smarter. This makes some researchers, including Dr. Veronique D. Bohbot of the Douglas Hospital, say that we should cultivate our spatial intelligence and often do without GPS.
5– Only Good Sides? It’s Not Sure
Think of two Greek myths: Pandora and Icarus. Pandora is human, she has all the gifts. On the day of her marriage, she receives a jar that she must not open. Curious, she opens it, and it is then that all evils (death, disease …) spread on the Earth. There is also the myth of Icarus who escapes from the labyrinth thanks to its waxwings. He is so happy with this new freedom that he is getting closer to the sun. His wings are melting. He dies. The lesson of these two myths? Let’s be curious to a certain point.
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