Curiosity: Step Two (Professional Track)

STEP TWO: CONVERSATION WITH OTHERS                                               30 min.


Trust the power of collective wisdom as you engage with others‒ using the lessons from the video as a jumping board for sharing.  Focus on the questions that can best support your role and experience as caregiver.

1. “As care providers, we often want to know answers. We want to give people certainty – this is what you should do – but in not knowing we can turn to curiosity, open and honest questions, and offer our care receivers support and a sense of connection that our expertise can never give them. What a beautiful gift of presence.” –Soul & Science Lesson

2. “When we get stuck somewhere and we feel reactive - that is a place of pausing and waiting and then being curious. It may lead you in a very different direction: a place of connection with people rather than protecting and defending your point of view. It is a nice opportunity to offer healing to both parties through just being curious.” – Soul & Science Lesson

3. “Empathic Curiosity allows patients to convey their story and to clarify relevant points so the patient feels ‘heard.’ It provides a space for interaction, and not just a question and answer assessment. It’s more than just ordering a battery of tests because you’re interested in confirming or rejecting your diagnosis. It’s a validation of the patient’s symptoms by taking a genuine interest in the patient through a compassionate, caring and genuine concern for their well-being. In the absence of curiosity, the healthcare provider fails to properly understand the patient.” - Larry Laveman, LCSW, BCD

4. “Dr. Charan Ranganath, a neuroscientist from UC Davis, has discovered there’s this basic circuit in the brain that energizes people to go out and get things that are intrinsically rewarding. It lights up when we are curious.” –Soul & Science Lesson

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