Curiosity | Strength | Signature Wisdom 

Curiosity | Strength | Signature Wisdom 

 

Curiosity

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”—
— Albert Einstein

Curiosity is taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake, and finding new subjects and topics fascinating. It is exploring and discovering. Curiosity, interest, novelty- seeking, and openness to experience represent an intrinsic desire for experience and knowledge. It is fulfilling to find an answer, have a new experience, or learn a new fact. This strength can carry someone beyond openness to new experiences into actions associated with personal growth. Curiosity has a developmental trajectory: curious children tend to become curious adults. Because curiosity can never be satisfied in the same way twice, it is fueled in both positive and negative ways. It may take the form of constantly asking questions, but not all questions are appropriate in all situations.

"Curiosity may put the brain in a state that allows it to learn and retain any kind of information, like a vortex that sucks in what you are motivated to learn, and also everything around it," says Dr. Matthias Gruber, lead author of this study

Curiosity boosts achievement

Curiosity is associated with increased well being and protects against depression.