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Find Your "Childhood" Curiosity In Your Adult Age

23-Jan-2019 15:10:25


As children, we are driven by our curiosity. We ask questions even before we have the right words for them – and for that we are being rewarded with answers, recognition and constant learning. 

But as we grow older, we learn that asking questions is not always met with smiles and patient explanations. And the sincere appetite to learn what we don’t already know, is being replaced by saying the right thing at the right time.

The age of the internet has made it easier to get new information, making the gap between what we don’t know and what we would like to know even smaller. But we seek to understand less and less, because the internet only lets us learn new things superficially.

Being curious is a powerful trait, and we should not forget the importance of questioning, paying attention to what people don’t usually pay attention to and embrace our curious side. By doing so, you can spark your personal development by becoming more open-minded to new ideas. You will also approach challenging tasks and situations in a more positive way, because you will face it with interest, and you might even have the desire to solve the challenges in order to satisfy your curiosity.



1. Avoid the routines

Routine is the number one enemy to curiosity. It makes us do the same things over and over, and will eventually cause boredom – and not inquisitiveness. Remember to add variety to your life instead of relying on fixed routines. Not major changes, but it could be changing the order of your morning routines or taking a new route to your workplace.

Asking_questions_curious2. Ask questions

Extraordinarily curious people have always shaped our world. Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs are just examples of inquisitive characters. They didn’t just accept what they were taught and took anything for granted. They aspired to question status quo – and came up with their own ideas and theories.

3. Stay open-minded

In order to develop your curiosity, it is important that you stay open-minded towards new things. You might lose new opportunities or ideas if you are biased, since it will only decrease your curiosity when you begin separating things into categories of boring and interesting. So be ready to always invest time in discovering something new.

4. Be enthusiastic

For some people it can be hard to be enthusiastic on command. But by being so you allow yourself to be far more interested in a given topic – than you would be without it. A good way to trick you brain, if you find it hard, is by associating fun and joy with the tasks you have to perform, or by spotting challenges in your tasks and making them into games – with yourself, friends or co-workers. All of which will help you be more enthusiastic rather than expecting the tasks to be a waste of time or irrelevant to you.

5. Never stop exploring  

Just like children are always eager to learn more and investigate new things, you should aim to do the same. And to increase your curiosity you should never stop exploring – your neighbourhood, cities nearby and different places around the world. And make sure to allow yourself to get surprised, because this will keep your curiosity alive and the appetite to learn more about the place, ideas, and the people surrounding you.

Follow these ways to develop your curiosity!

Not only an interesting challenge giving you variety, but also cut down on boredom and routines.

3 types of curiosity

By being curious you allow yourself to be extraordinarily interested in something with the ambition to learn more about a given challenge or topic. The British author Ian Leslie describes in his book Curious three different types of curiosity.

    • DIVERSIVE CURIOSITY - this is what encourages us to explore new things, people and places. It is the attraction to novelty and what makes us click on cat videos and even get us into drug addiction – sparked by curiosity. Diversive curiosity makes you wonder what a person does for a living.

    • EMPATHETIC CURIOSITY - is when we try to see the world as other people do in order to understand them. This type is when we are curious about other people’s thoughts and feelings – and try to put ourselves in their shoes. Empathic curiosity makes you wonder why a person does what he does for a living.

    • EPISTEMIC CURIOSITY - is a deeper quest for understanding which requires a great effort, but it is also more rewarding. It prompts us to explore, ask questions, make connections, and eliminate information gaps. It’s a directed attempt to build understanding, and it is what happens when diversive curiosity grows up.



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