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Intrapersonal curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the inner self

Intrapersonal curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the inner self

Litman, Jordan A., Robinson, Oliver C. and Demetre, James D. (2016) Intrapersonal curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the inner self. Self and Identity, 16 (2). pp. 231-250. ISSN 1529-8868 (Print), 1529-8876 (Online) (doi:

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Curiosity; Intrapersonal knowledge; Introspection; Self-concept; Self-knowledge
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 14:12
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None

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