Intrapersonal curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the inner self

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Litman, Jordan A. ; Robinson, Oliver C. ; Demetre, James D. (2017)

Intrapersonal Curiosity (InC) is the desire to learn more about one’s inner-self. A pool of 39 experimental InC items were administered to 988 participants (498 women), along with other measures of curiosity and personality. Three InC factors with acceptable model fit were identified, from which three internally consistent (alphas > .89) 4-item subscales were developed: “Understanding Emotions and Motives”, “Reflecting on the Past”, and “Exploring Identity and Purpose”. The InC scales correlated positively with other curiosity measures, evidencing convergent validity; divergent validity was demonstrated on the basis of weak relations to other constructs. The InC scales were positively associated with less self-awareness, poorer self-regulation, and experiences of distress, suggesting that InC tends to be higher in individuals who lack, but seek, new intrapersonal knowledge to reduce uncertainty about the self.
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    9. Ask myself, “Who am I really?” 6. Wonder about life/different decisions in past 7. Think about alternative choices I might have made 10. Find myself thinking about reason for my existence 11. Question whether I know who I am 12. Wonder about my purpose in life

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