The curiosity is an attitude of availability or interest with regard to a subject or a Phénomène given. It can be a feature of Caractère (psychology), present on any occasion, or appear in particular circumstances.
A French saying, Curiosity killed the cat , recalls that in company the desire of Connaissance which nourishes curiosity can sometimes run up against the sensitivities or the interests of others and be felt like awkward or invading according to the social codes:
- In France, it is generally badly seen to ask for the age of a woman.
- It is also badly seen to ask for the amount of sound Salaire somebody whom one does not know, which is not the case, for example, in China.
To a certain extent, the Mythe of Icare, which drowns in the Aegean Sea to be itself too approximate sun, illustrates the dangers of an extreme curiosity which results in a inconditionnée search of the Vérité.
Theory on the origin of curiosityDonald Winnicott, pediatrist and Psychoanalyst, proposes an explanation: the small child (or Infans) moves the Plaisir presence of the other towards a Transitional object, then sublimates this presence through the Connaissance or the Culture (see transitional Phénomènes).
- 2007. The study of the coal titmouses once again comes to confirm the studies of Bart Kempenaers, which evoked the fact that an increase in Concentration in Récepteur D4 of the Dopamine in the Cerveau went hand in hand with an increase in curiosity in the animal.
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