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The curiosity we feel when something surprises us or when something doesn’t quite agree with what we know or think we know.
That is felt as an unpleasant state, as an adve...
This is a pleasurable state associated with an anticipation of reward.
That’s our level of knowledge. That’s what drives all scientific research. It drives...
Most psychological traits, and curiosity is no exception, have a genetic component to them.
The fact that some people are much more curious than others largely has to do wi...
Love of knowledge and our willingness to learn new things appears to be constant across all ages.
People at very old ages are still willing to learn things, to discover ne...
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It's related to your ability to act instead of reacting when things don’t go your way.
Your reactivity impacts your attitude, performance, effectiveness and how others perceive you.
The real distress from an unpleasant situation comes from the reaction to the situation, not from the initial event itself.
If you can avoid reacting when uncontrollable events happen, you can reduce your stress and improve your effectiveness and well-being.
Hold your reaction and observe the situation with curiosity from a bird's eye view.
Self-Regulation is the ability to stay calm and collected in the middle of a distressing situation.
Develop the skill to see the initial situation and your reaction to it separately. Self-regulation (self-calming) helps you recognize your emotions and not to react based on your emotions.
Stories are like instruction manuals that explain how we move from one state of being to another.
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A good story can make us laugh or cry, our bodies can tense with a dramatic horror movie, or we are flooded with relief when the hero comes to the rescue. This experience is called transportation.
Transportation allows us to experience a story's movement through its characters. The characters' struggles and their rewards become our own.
Good stories catch your attention, connects you by drawing you in and move you to action. Stories that don't capture your attention will fail to deliver their message.
When participants remain engaged with a story and see characters overcome conflicts, they will empathize with the characters and be more willing to act on these feelings.
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