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The Doe Team

by The Doe Team

| December 30, 2021

Curiosity defined - learn the meaning of curiosity, why curiosity is important and how to cultivate intellectual curiosity.

Curiosity encourages us to acquire new knowledge and expand our horizons. It makes life interesting, helps us build relationships and keeps our brains sharp. Learn the meaning of curiosity, why curiosity is important and how to cultivate intellectual curiosity.

You’re probably familiar with the old adage “curiosity killed the cat.” But curiosity is an essential character trait that supports inquisitive thinking. It drives us to explore, investigate and learn. It fuels civil discourse by encouraging us to consider different perspectives.

That’s why curiosity is one of the five defining values in the Doe Prints quiz. Knowing your score will help you leverage this valuable trait to expand your horizons and support your personal growth.

Let's explore the meaning of curiosity, why curiosity is important and how to cultivate intellectual curiosity.

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Curiosity: Defined

In the Doe Prints assessment, we define curiosity as a need to “discover, find out and grow.”

Curiosity is a state of active interest that stems from a strong desire to learn or know about a topic, even though you may not have any practical use for the information acquired.

People who value curiosity ask questions and seek answers for the sake of growing their knowledge. They’re more likely to actively look for challenges and new experiences to expand their worldview.

Why Is Curiosity Important?

Curiosity primes the brain for learning. It boosts our observation power and supports our intellectual development. It helps us connect the dots among information from various sources and supports creative problem-solving by seeing new possibilities.

Meanwhile, being curious about people around us can foster social relationships, cultivate empathy and build deep connections with others.

Curiosity also helps us discover meaning in things we interact with to enhance our happiness and quality of life. Lastly, staying open to new knowledge and experiences keeps our brains active and alert, which helps preserve our mental faculties as we age.

However, we must also be aware of the pitfalls associated with being too curious.

For example, if you ask too many personal questions, you could be perceived as invasive, which can negatively affect your relationships with others. It’s therefore important to distinguish intellectual curiosity from prying.

Meanwhile, being too curious on some occasions could lead you down rabbit holes, create too much noise and divert your attention from making decisions and taking actions.

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How to Cultivate Intellectual Curiosity

Curiosity is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the more it grows and the more it benefits you. Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Keep an open mind: Be OK with the possibility that what you know and believe may be wrong. Be prepared to change your mind, unlearn, relearn and do it all over again.
  • Don’t take anything for granted: If you accept things at their face value and think, “This is how things are done,” you stop yourself from discovering new insights and knowledge.
  • Ask questions: Don’t settle for the first answer! Make “who, what, when, why, where, how” your best friend. Dig deeper and uncover what’s beneath the surface. 
  • Find excitement in everything: Instead of labeling everyday things as boring, consider how they can open doors to help you explore new ideas and grow.
  • Embrace learning: Gaining new knowledge shouldn’t be a burden. Make the learning process fun so you’re more likely to engage with new knowledge and experiences.
  • Read a variety of content: Expand your horizons by reading about different subject matters from diverse sources to explore various points of view.

What’s your favorite way of cultivating curiosity, challenging your thinking and broadening your worldview?

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