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Curiosity: Explanation of Boundaries and How To Overcome Them

More often than not, we want to be curious and find the next solution, news topic, and ultimately learn more than those around us. Keep us and our peers on their toes! However, it's not that easy. Simple distractions, especially with social media, can play a huge rule in allowing us to get sidetracked. 

Why are you not curious about the things you want to be curious about? 

 

Let's take it back to hunter and gathers. Some scavengers began to get better and better at surviving based on the environment they grew to know. Occasionally, an adventurous type would break that boundary, possibly finding a better place to eat and survive. There is a balance, but both work better than one. 

Humans are BIG into routine and tradition. Think about the last time you saw a friend on Facebook go on a random trip, buy an obscure property, or offer a different style of living. Likey, you were to think this is strange due to the fact that this is not part of the daily routine. We often do this with objects as well.

Technology advancements are a big culprit in practicing this novelty trade-off. When a new iPhone comes out, many are quick to jump. Humans will often forgo a known payoff, a working/reliable smartphone, to investigate the unknown (any new IOS). 

Environments

It's always a great idea to know and evolve with your environment. There are different stages of environment perception as a human ages. Our brains reward itself, by allowing curiosity to feel pleasurable. Therefore, we explore our environment and others even if we are unsure of the payoff. 

Curiosity ultimately enhances the value of learning, especially when presented with multiple triggers. School systems are a great example in terms of offering many subjects within one day's time.

Children begin being taught by a common variable (teacher) while learning multiple different subjects (Math, English, Science), all while exploring new environments (Recess, Gym, Music). We think of it so casually because we have all been through it.

However, keeping common, strong variables present can allow the subjects/students to gather common knowledge while exploring their curiosity with what they don't already know. 

The Key

The key is understanding why we are curious about some things rather than others. 

We feel the utmost curious when the journey yields the most enlightenment. 

 

We often will disregard further information on topics that we "already" know. If you understand the law of gravity, then a presentation on the law of gravity might bore you more than someone who has no prior knowledge. It is based on how we feel this knowledge can reward us in our day to day life. 

The brain determines what is valuable. Change your perspective and your mind will work in your favor towards topics that you genuinely want to be curious about. 

You can, in fact, be clickbaited by your own brain. Especially when your shortterm interest does not match up with your longterm goals. Create a balance!

Test out new ways to spike your curiosity and let us know what works for you.

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