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What would life be like without curiosity?

June 15, 2023
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How curious are you?

Can you walk past a closed door or do you just need to find out what is behind it?

Are you keen to explore the world or learn something new?

If something has a note on it saying ‘don’t open’ – do you ignore it and take a peek?

Have you thought what life would be like without curiosity?

We’ve all heard the saying…….

Curiosity killed the cat…..but satisfaction brought it back!

Ben Johnson

It’s time for this month’s Tell Us About…. a link up hosted by some lovely ladies (including me) from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and perhaps check out what they have written for this month’s prompt.

Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……Curiosity The prompt was suggested by Michelle, from Following My Muse  .

Curiosity is a desire to learn or know more about something or someone and we are all born with it. Children are filled with curiosity and love exploring and learning new things. As we age, some of us can be too busy to be curious or are just happy in our own world. When I was thinking about the prompt I did some research – I was Curious about Curiosity! I learned quite a bit during my research which I’m sharing in this post.

I like to think I’m become more of a curious person as I age, especially with the internet readily available to answer my questions. My friend, Donna from Retirement Reflections and a member of our Book Club is always going down ‘rabbit holes’ to delve more into the books we are reading.

I googled Songs about Curiosity and found 20 Songs About Curiosity – do you know any of them?

When you’re curious, you find lots of wonderful things to do

Walt Disney

The Five Dimensions of Curiosity

Since the 1950s Psychologists have conducted many studies on Curiosity with varied results. They also found that curiosity doesn’t always make us feel good. The Five Dimensions of Curiosity (hbr.org) article explains the research.

The Five Dimensional Model based on research by Dr Todd Kashan and colleagues at George Mason University, includes:

  1. Joyous Exploration – the desire to learn and the joy derived from learning
  2. Deprivation Sensitivity – seeking to reduce the gaps in knowledge
  3. Stress Tolerance – willing to embrace stress that comes with learning new things and exploring new areas
  4. Social Curiosity – wanting know what other people do and think
  5. Thrill Seeking – taking risks, physically, mentally and emotionally

The Four Types of Curious People

Based on the results of how comfortable people were with each of the 5 dimensions, Dr Kashan came up with four types of curious people. Everyone is curious but to varying degrees.

  1. The Fascinated – scores high in all areas of curiosity
  2. The Problem Solver – scores high on Deprivation Sensitivity
  3. The Empathizer – scores high on Social Curiosity
  4. The Avoider – scores low on all dimensions

The good news is that even if you are an Avoider you are still curious to some degree and we can learn to become more curious (or Curiouser, Curiouser and Curiouser as Alice said.

How curious are you?

I found this quiz in this article in Harvard Business Review The Five Dimensions of Curiosity (hbr.org). If you click on the link it will take you to the article and you and discover how curious you are.

I took the test and scored High in Joyous Exploration and Deprivation Sensitivity, Medium for Social Curiosity and as expected Low on Stress Tolerance and Thrill Seeking.

What would life be life without curiosity?

  • Narrow, boring and void of colour and vibrancy
  • Our online Book Club is currently reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. What if Alice wasn’t curious? She would never have found Wonderland.
  • We would still think the world was flat and we would fall off at the horizon

Finding ways to be curious

  • Start with an easy one – go for a walk and explore your neighbourhood
  • Explore new recipes and try new flavours or cuisines
  • Spend time with children and discover the world through their eyes
  • Travel is a great way to open up the world and different cultures
  • Asking ‘Why?’ and finding the answers.

Would you consider yourself curious? Did you take the quiz to see how you scored on the 5 dimensions of curiosity? I’d love to read your thoughts….

Sue Loncaric

Citations

Kashdan, T.B., Disabato, D.J., Goodman, F.R., & McKnight, P.E. (in press). The Five-Dimensional Curiosity Scale Revised (5DCR): Briefer subscales while separating overt and covert social curiosity. Personality and Individual Differences.

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Introducing The hosts of ‘Tell Us About’ – please take a moment to pop over and visit their blogs

  • Gail from Is This Mutton? – Gail from Is This Mutton is so curious she created a blog 17 years ago called “A Curious Girl’s Guide to Life.”  Her interest in miscellany makes her a good addition to a pub quiz team.  You can read her post HERE
  • Deb from Deb’s World (Australia) Debbie loves the word curiosity and has written about the way her grandchildren show their curiosity through the many questions they ask. Being curious is something we shouldn’t let go as we age. You can read her post HERE
  • Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper (UK) –Penny found this month’s theme quite the challenge and ended up with a mish-mash of a little bit of this and that, and ends with a sharp veer back to last month’s challenge of gardens when she becomes very curious about other people’s gardens! You can read her post HERE
  • Michelle from Following My Muse (USA) Curiosity is defined as the desire to know or learn. But that seemingly simple desire is exactly what moves civilization forward. You can read her post HERE
  • Suzy from The Grey Brunette (Brit living in Portugal) – Suzy reflects on how her curiosity has led her to explore diverse subjects, enroll in numerous online courses, read a variety of books, interview fascinating individuals, and seek new experiences in beautiful places You can read her post HERE
  • Leslie from Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After . Joining the Tell Us About link up and sharing a list of quirky things about me that make me rather a curiosity.  You can read her post HERE
  • Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle (USA) – Marsha came out of the womb curious.  She has questions!  But, does she get answers? You can read her post HERE
  • Sue from Women Living Well After 50 (Australia) – that’s me!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Toni Pike June 15, 2023 at 21:10

    Very thought-provoking and fun, Sue x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2023 at 09:23

      Thanks Toni, it was a fun topic to write about. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton June 16, 2023 at 01:25

    What a fascinating post Sue. I loved that you found some research on curiosity. I’ll definitely do the quiz. You’re right, life would definitely be very “flat” without curiosity!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2023 at 09:23

      Hi Gail, I’m pleased I could contribute despite being away. I certainly used my curiosity on the cruise and discovering new cultures. x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement June 16, 2023 at 01:30

    Hi Sue, this is a great topic. I can’t imagine a life without curiosity. When something or someone grabs my attention, I have to know more. The internet makes it easy to learn just about anything, so I tend to spend a lot of time on my keyboard – going down rabbit holes. Observing and participating in life feeds my curiosity about nature, beauty, and people. The movement of water, clouds, children at play, music, a good book, even sounds and smells pique my curiosity. A life without it would be very dull indeed.

    Thanks for sharing the link to the five dimensions of curious people. I scored high on #1 and #4 on the curiosity dimension model. Not a surprise. Super post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2023 at 09:25

      HI Suzanne, I wasn’t sure what to write at first and then I dived down some rabbit holes and found the quiz. You certainly are curious and I like that you have included small things like the movement of water and clouds. Thanks for your comment and sorry for the delayed response as we have been away on holidays to PNG. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections June 16, 2023 at 07:33

    Hi, Sue – Great post and feature photo!
    Thank you for the shoutout! I consider myself to be curious — especially where books are invovled — but it was nice to have the confirmation. I’m off to check out the quiz now! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2023 at 09:25

      Hi Donna I love the feature photo too. You have taught be to be more curious when reading books and I appreciate that. xx

  • Reply Michelle June 17, 2023 at 00:08

    Fascinating post, Sue (says The Fascinated)! I scored high across the board, but in this order: Joyous Exploration, Deprivation Sensitivity, Social Curiosity and Thrill Seeking a Tie, with Stress Tolerance being last. I really enjoyed this information, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2023 at 09:31

      Hi Michelle, it was a great topic wasn’t it? I love how you scored high on Joyous – that’s how we should enjoy life isn’t it? Have a lovely day and thanks for your comment. x

  • Reply marsha57 June 17, 2023 at 13:53

    I consider myself very curious! And, yes, I would be open the box, the door, the window to see what was there! I often scour real estate listings not because I’m looking to buy but because I want to see how others live! I am always wondering why this and not that, or how did that happen! And, talk about rabbit holes! I presented at a mini retreat…all about going down rabbit holes on google! It’s funny how many of us mentioned rabbit holes in our posts!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2023 at 09:34

      Hi Marsha, I think the ‘rabbit holes’ analogy is spot on to describe curiosity. You do sound very curious and that’s a great way to live and learn isn’t it? xx

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com June 19, 2023 at 11:37

    What an excellent, informative article. I truly did not think I was the least bit curious but having skimmed over the quiz, I might just be a thrill seeker. Seems almost unlikely but I like doing new things. I like the excitement of doing something new. And have been known to be more than a little impulsive at times. Some of my lack of curiosity comes from feeling nosy if I am too inquisitive. You asked if we peek inside the closed door. My automatic response was no. But now, thinking more about it, I realize I do!! Ha! Who knew!!

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