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Is the “feeling of curiosity” soft skill?

Curiosity - Soft Skills - Growth Mindset

One of the most underrated and less common soft skills contributing to academic, professional, and personal success is curiosity. Its meaning is not so simple to define as positive thinking, optimism, gratitude, or kindness. Curiosity is about thoughts and how they are related to emotions.

Curiosity precedes learning and is the driving force behind the search for information. At the biological level, three main reasons can trigger a feeling of curiosity:

  • Self-preservation
  • Greed and the
  • Gender (Harvey et al., 2007)

These three key motivations are actively presenting in each of our interactions. However, the lack of self-awareness and methodical effort does not allow us to develop curiosity skills. People perceive it as a combination of rules and dangers. Hence, people choose to follow habits and not get involved in the search-for-curiosity process.

Growth Mindset - Curiosity map - Soft Skills
Growth Mindset – Curiosity roadmap

Curiosity plays a vital role in searching for meaning and coordination with the present as a precondition for effective decision-making and the exchange of views/knowledge. The recording and exchange of lessons and the detection of the most appropriate technique are skills that we find very useful in all aspects of our lives. The skill of curiosity is a basic condition.

Curiosity learning involves the fact that as we try to lead to developmental processes, understanding the core of evolutionary processes takes place in all areas of investigation. In this way, curiosity skills contribute to the formation of autonomous learners. They, through questions, develop a close interaction with their environment while increasing the level of curiosity.

The importance of ‘curiosity’ skill

Cultivating and practicing curiosity skills supports many critical aspects of our professional and personal lives. It creates an innate willingness to embrace new experiences, unfamiliar situations, and diverse environments.

Besides, it generates the grounds for a continuous discovery process, whether it is new information, people, or experiences. Curiosity skilled people also with other skills like the willingness to take risks. The possibility that the result may not be beneficial, but knowing that the learning process alone will add value.

Therefore, the basis of curiosity seems to be familiar with the mentality of the Growth Mindset theory.

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