Todd Kashdan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at George Mason University. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and on NPR and PBS. He lives with his wife and twin daughters in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kashdan (psychology, George Mason Univ.), who considers curiosity the catalyst to creating emotional well-being, argues that one can find meaning in life by being open to new events and experiences. He writes that as adults, whether we are experiencing a positive or a negative event, we want to attach meaning to it and bring closure. Curiosity, asserts Kashdan, is about being flexible and instead embracing the uncertainty and novelty of a situation rather than trying to control it; through curiosity we can change our mind-sets and prolong positive experiences. If we seek daily for things that meet our needs and values, then interest, exploration, and curiosity will carry us forward to a new emotional level. In addition to an extensive resource list, Kashdan presents his own research as well as several self-help tools. His argument is not entirely convincing-in the end, readers may wonder not just whether but how the answer to a more fulfilling life is really as simple as being curious-but some readers will find this new twist on an old concept helpful.-Phyllis Goodman, West Chester Lib., OH Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Curiosity is what makes for great leaders, great parents, and great friends. Buttressed by the latest scientific research, Curious? is one of those rare books that can make you rethink how you see the world."----Arianna Huffington "Combining well-designed self-help with state-of-the-art positive psychology and profoundly inspiring stories, this is the perfect book to read when you are having second thoughts about challenging yourself to explore that next step in life!"----Stephen Post, Ph.D., and coauthor of Why Good Things Happen to Good People "Todd Kashdan gives us the tools, language, and plan to put a life change into effect. And the journey can be as happy as the destination."----Marci Shimoff, author of Happy for No Reason "Curious? points the way to an exploring spirit that leads to wonderment, joy, and meaning. It's one of those rare books that is both research-based and practical."----David G. Myers, author, The Pursuit of Happiness "Curious? will wake you up to the rewards, adventures, and meaning inherent in both life's most momentous and most quotidian moments."----Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want "A vivid and pragmatic account of the mental alchemy through which curiosity and interest transform stress, fear, and pain into vital elements conducive to more purposeful living."----Zindel V. Segal, Ph.D., author of The Mindful Way Through Depression