Three types of curiosity about people-information: Personal emotion, personal secret and personal attribute.

[Speaker] Nisikawa, Kazuji:1
[Co-author] Yoshizu, Jun:2, Yoshida, Kouhei:2
1:Graduate School of Psychology, Kansai University (Japan), 2:Kansai University (Japan)

Interpersonal curiosity is the interest about people-information. Nishikawa (2014) has developed the interpersonal curiosity scale which consists of three subscales: interest for Personal Emotion (PE), Personal Secret (PS) and Personal Attribute (PA). Each subscale consists of 5 items and has good internal consistency. Present study examined the relationships between interpersonal curiosity and 5 personality traits. These 5 personality traits were measured by Epistemic Curiosity scale, Big Five scale, Multidimensional Empathy scale, Sensation Seeking scale and Social Skill scale. Participants were 174 undergraduate students. PA and PE positively correlated with epistemic curiosity, but PS had no correlation with epistemic curiosity. PA and PE also positively correlated with extroversion, other-oriented emotion reactivity, perspective taking. PA and PS positively correlated with neuroticism, emotional susceptibility, self-oriented emotion reactivity. PS represents emotionally unstable interpersonal curiosity. PE represents most healthy interpersonal curiosity with active interest to other person's mind. PA comes in between PE and PS.
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