It seems that crises in life have an upside. Post crisis adults are more curious and open. Evidence of this was presented to the British Psycological Society by Dr Oliver Robinson and James Demetre of the University of Greenwich and Jordan Litman of the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, in April this year.
Dr Robinson said: “While crisis episodes bring distress and feelings of uncertainty, they also bring openness to new ideas and stimuli that can bring insight and creative solutions, which can move our development forward. This enhanced curiosity may be the ‘silver lining’ of crisis. Armed with this knowledge people may find the crises of adult life easier to bear.”
This is good news for individuals and for societies, because new ways of life will be a consequence of the crises triggered by climate change (and other global changes). Curiosity will be an important habit to lead change.