S:0426 Distinction: Curious vs. Obsessive

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)

 

Curiosity is one of the great traits of humans. It may be a key thing which elevates us above the (other) animals. Curiosity is great for learning things.

When you re curious you are interested and observant. To “follow your nose” is usually a joy.

You can also learn by being obsessive. “Why? Why? Why?” is the cry of the obsessive person who has a powerful Need to Know. The obsessive learner demands an answer or a solution. The process can make him or her judgemental.

The curious learner is calmer and will usually get more out of a curious approach, quicker, than the obsessive person.

 

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