Curiosity is a driving force, some call it an instinct, in all living creatures. In humans, this desire to make sense about the ever so many unknown aspects of our environment is often described as a thirst, a motivation, and for some it can be a driving passion. Curiosity has been a motivating force throughout the millennia, pushing programs in science and all aspects of human development. However, being curious can sometimes have an edge. Some folks can have such strong drives to satisfy their morbid curiosity, which can lead to self-destructive consequences.

When we pursue our curiosity we step outside our comfort zone. A key word here is “boredom.” Believe it or not, even animals get bored, which can lead to problems. Researcher Sy Montgomery writes that to let a smart animal become bored is to court disaster. Montgomery states that in an aquarium in Santa Monica, California, a small, 5-inch long, two-spot octopus managed to flood the aquarium office with hundreds of gallons of water by experimenting with a valve in her tank. There are many such tales about these critters becoming creative and wreaking havoc when they are not kept busy.

Dr. Donna Pinter is the founder of Psychological Services Inc., with offices in Sunbury, Bloomsburg and Danville.

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