Virtue of Wisdom and Knowledge
This virtue is finding and using information to help promote a healthy life-your own and others. All the virtues are based on doing no harm to yourself and others.
Wisdom and knowledge contains five character strengths: creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, love of learning, and perspective.
Curiosity-An interest in ongoing experience. Curious people look for variety and challenge. They desire to know things. Curiosity is different than the character strengths of love of learning and vitality/zest. We enjoy people who have varied interests and talents. We can feel appreciated and valued when someone is curious about what we think. A person who is overly curious can act intrusively—asking too many questions. The opposites of curiosity are boredom and a lack of interest in life or people.
According to Erickson, who developed a theory of psychosocial stages of human development, curiosity as a character strength can be developed between the ages of 3 to 6 years old. During this age range, children need to learn to start their own activities and gain confidence in oneself. Children can initiate their own play with themselves or with others.
Curiosity can be expressed through introspection-turning our attention inward to our subjective experience. We can show an interest in our own thoughts and feelings throughout the day. Check in with yourself throughout the day and ask, “How am I feeling? What am I thinking? How am I behaving?”
Think of one way you express curiosity in your everyday life.
Think of one way you are curious at work.
Is there one thing you have been curious to learn about and have not taken the time to explore?
Would you be willing to take a few minutes today and pursue an interest?