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Brain circuits

How are you curious?

IbyIMD+ Published 28 September 2022 in Brain circuits โ€ข 3 min read

A growth mindset, new ideas, learning, change, action, disruptionโ€ฆ these things all stem from being curious. So, if you want to foster them within your company, you need curious people who have the room to explore. But what makes a person curious, and how do you identify these people? Todd Kashan has done a great deal of research into this topic and has identified five dimensions of curiosity:

  1. Joyous exploration: Kashan calls this the joy of learning and growing.
  2. Deprivation sensitivity: pondering abstract ideas or solve problems to reduce gaps in knowledge.
  3. Stress tolerance: this is the dimension defined by Kashan as a willingness to embrace doubt and confusion that stems from exploring new, unexpected things.
  4. Social curiosity: wanting to know what others are thinking or doing by listening, observing, or talking to people.
  5. Thrill-seeking: tโ€ฆ
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