Curiosity

A desire to explore new ideas, places, and experiences with the intent of expanding knowledge.

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Whereas love of learning is the desire to hold on to and deepen one's understanding of new information, curiosity is simply the motivating force that leads one to seek it. Therefore, curious people are those who are interested in exploring new ideas, activities, and experiences, purely for the sake of discovery. They have a strong desire to increase their knowledge and actively try to make sense of the world.

Love

Curious people rarely have to worry about awkward silence during a first date, as they can easily keep a conversation going by asking questions in hopes of finding out more about the other person. Likewise, in relationships, curiosity can help facilitate ongoing and open communication which can prevent partners from making assumptions and jumping to conclusions.

Curiosity can also create a sense of intimacy and excitement in a relationship, as the curious person wants to discover more about their partner and explore the world with them. However, as many questions as the curious person may ask, they may not necessarily reveal a lot about themselves. High scorers should be mindful that they should be able to answer the questions they ask their partner.

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Those who are too curious may come across as intrusive, as they have a tendency to always ask "why?" or "what happened?" and risk sticking their nose where it doesn't belong. Having too many curiosities can also prevent focus. Jumping from topic to topic, you risk starting projects and not finishing them or becoming a dilettante.

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Pandora's Box is a Greek myth which tells a tale of a girl named Pandora who was given the gift of curiosity from Zeus when she was born. Along with that, Zeus had also gifted her a box that was screwed shut and not to be opened under any circumstances. 

However, Pandora's curiosity ultimately got the best of her and when she opened the box, out came all the evil and suffering that Zeus had created, which was now unleashed into the world. This story inspired what is now called the Pandora effect, which is used to explain the phenomenon that due to our curiosity, humans have an inherent desire to resolve uncertainty even when we expect negative outcomes.

The concept was demonstrated in a series of experiments in which curiosity led participants to expose themselves to aversive stimuli (e.g., electric shocks) for no apparent benefits. 

Ultimately, this illustrates how curiosity can be harmful - as sometimes it can be so strong that it urges us to satisfy such curiosity even when we know the answer or outcome will hurt. You can think of it like an itch that must be scratched even though you know it will leave a scar.

Low Scorers

Those who score low on curiosity tend to experience higher levels of boredom, as they are uninterested in exploring and discovering new things. They may be more self-involved, paying less attention to the unknowns of the world around them.

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