Curiosity and Certainty
by Kenneth Stewart, Ph.D.
Resources to help you explore this subject:
Four Discourses on Curiosity and Certainty
Questions for Exploring Curiosity and Certainty
invites the other to feel special, important, understood
opens up the relationship, helps the other to flourish
invites the other to feel cornered, trapped, accused
closes the relationship down, overpowers the other
The Prosecuting Attorney
invites the other to participate, to add ideas to the conversation
helps to create a strong team
assumes one knows what happened - or "the way it is"
assumes one has an "objective" point of view
assumes utter clarity of perceptions
does not question the meaning of events drawn from experiences
has intentions of imposing a particular point of view
is not interested in learning new learning other than to reinforce previous views
is not willing to be changed by the conversation
wants to impose its stories onto yours
invites the other to keep silent, rebel, or write you off
diminishes or wipes out the other person
The Rigid Fundamentalist
On Curiosity - Questions to ponder . . .
What were your experiences of curiosity in your own family ?
Who else in your life has had an impact on your attitude of curiosity ?
In what contexts have you learned or turned to curiosity ?
What effects might curiosity have on your relationships ?
What effects does curiosity have on your learning ?
Under what circumstances do you feel least like being curious?
Under what circumstances does curiosity seem necessary ?
On Certainty - Questions to ponder . . .
What were your experiences of certainty in your own family ?
Who else in your life has had an impact on your attitude of certainty ?
In what contexts have you learned or turned to certainty ?
What effects might certainty have on your relationships ?
What effects does certainty have on your learning ?
Under what circumstances do you feel least like being certain?
Under what circumstances does certainty seem necessary ?
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