Why should anyone be curious about another person? I think that being curious about other people leads to empathy. Our empathy increases when we ask people questions about their lives. After all, when we are in this situation, we know when our answers have been heard. By showing genuine interest and curiosity, we increase our understanding of other people. We know more about what motivates them, what makes them tick.
Try this to be curious
In a conversation, If you haven’t quite understood a reply to one of your questions, I would encourage you to try asking a follow up question. This will confirm that you have truly understood the answer. This is a useful communication tool that I don’t think we don’t use enough in our culture.
And remember, be prepared for other people who are curious like you to ask the same sort of questions of you. Be prepared to give emotionally honest answers. Your honesty will help to increase your emotional connection with that person. And, in the current climate, we could all do with a little more of that…
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