Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Curiosity results when the amount a person wants to know exceeds his current knowledge. It can cause a person to do things that are embarrassing, dangerous, or even illegal. Young children (toddlers in particular) are one group that comes to mind when speaking of curiosity. They tend to want to touch and explore everything they can get their hands on, this however is partly due to intrinsic motivation, but it also has to do with a person's natural ability to want to know. As young adults, people to tend to be curious about sex so they either experiment or get educated. Curiosity can be an educating factor when one is curious about something postive or something that is worthwhile in life, to waste energy on negative curiosities such as the effects of drugs can be very harmful. Curiosity can be a good thing, but if you let it get the best of you --the old saying goes "curiosity killed the cat"!