Professional Feature: Curiosity


About The Professional Feature 'Curiosity'

Curiosity is the urge that you feel to learn or know more about something. You experience a 'gap' in your knowledge, understanding or skills and then actively search for ways to close this gap. It is also about the extent to which you embrace new things and can live with the unpredictability and contradictions in new situations. In this article, curiosity is therefore synonymous with inquisitiveness, inquisitiveness and curiosity and not for 'curious aunt' or someone who is out for the latest office gossip. Curiosity is an important driver for learning, growth and change and for new solutions and innovation in the workplace.

- Every person is curious; Curiosity is innate to us. The degree varies only per person. Curiosity has five aspects:
- Intensity (how intense?)
- Frequency (how often?)
- Sustainability (how long?)
- Width (for how many subjects?)
- Depth (how interwoven with personal identity?)

Very curious people more often experience more intense feelings of curiosity, for longer periods of time, for multiple types of events and integrate them better into their identity. The personality trait that underlies curiosity is sometimes referred to as openness of experience. This is also one of the five traits in The Big Five personality model.

People who are curiously laid out:

- are open to uncertainties
- are open to changes
- are open to ideas
- are open to other values
- have a big imagination
- challenge themselves to learn new things

What are the benefits of curiosity?

Research shows that curious people are happier and healthier, have better relationships, live longer and are more intelligent. Curiosity ensures that you:

- learn more easily in the area you are curious about and your memory also improves in those areas. Curiosity makes you open to what is yet to be discovered. By spending time and attention on new things, you create more neurological connections and in your brain, and those new connections make it easier for you to post new information. In addition, it's easier to make connections between apparently disparate concepts.
- keep looking around and gaining new experiences. You are open to the world around you and you view others and yourself from multiple perspectives.
- keep developing yourself.
- to self-examination does.
- shows genuine interest in others, thereby being able to connect well with the other and thus forming meaningful conversations and relationships.

What are obstacles to curiosity?

- Fear of losing face
- Fear of making mistakes
- You have too much knowledge in a certain area
- Tight definition of activities and tasks
- You tend to shut up when you've a different opinion

When will you break through?

You go too far if you interfere with things that you've nothing to do with or become frustrated if you are unable to satisfy your curiosity. Even when you hinder or disadvantage another person because of your curious attitude, you continue to take action. Just as everyone has the right to their own privacy, you must also respect the privacy of others.

Tips to stimulate curiosity

Your level of curiosity is changeable and not something that is already established at birth. You can influence your level of curiosity by making yourself curious more often. Curiosity has an addictive effect: the more you stimulate your curiosity, the more you desire it. You can stimulate your 'curiosity muscle' by:

- Start a conversation with colleagues. Ask questions and specially open questions. What can you use for your own approach? Translate the experience gained into your own practice.
- To be in the here and now and to pay attention to what is happening. That way you can make discoveries.
- Creating space for doubts, misses and ignorance.
- Accept open doubts. This is necessary to create new ways of thinking, solutions and new perspectives.
- Allow yourself to be allowed to make mistakes.
- Set learning goals for yourself instead of performance goals. A performance goal focuses on the end result, while learning goals focus on the process. Learning objectives stimulate you to experiment with new methods.

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