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What's the difference between a curious person and a nosy person

Updated on March 12, 2016

Before getting into the curious person, we shall observe the definition of being curious!

It speaks in the free online dictionary of what curious means

1. Eager to learn more: curious investigators; a trapdoor that made me curious.2. Unduly inquisitive; prying: a curious neighbor always looking over the fence.3. Arousing interest because of novelty or strangeness: a curious fact.4. Archaic a. Accomplished with skill or ingenuity.b. Extremely careful;scrupulous or fastidious.

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A curious person is someone who has an person has an aroused interest rather it's some information, hobby, or that person.

This person is always engaged in learning more about that hobby, or something about an individual .

In other words, it has grabbed their full attention and their ears are always open.

In the terms of starting to build a relationship, a curious person will always be excited to be around that individual.

Their actions will show that there is interest there.

Before getting into the nosy person, we must observe the definition of being nosy.

Given to or showing an intrusive curiosity about the affairs of others; prying.

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A nosy person is far different from the curious individual.

This type of person doesn't know how to stay out of a person's business.

In order words, this individual is always trying to find out what is going on in someone's else life in order to go tell other people.

Their objective is to let other people know about the affairs and privacy of another person so that it will spread among others.

By letting others know the private affairs of other people, it causes confusion and twisting information among a group.

Due to the careless act of a nosy person, this individual delights in telling others the affairs of other people, but don't want nobody to tell their business.

A nosy person isn't never interested in developing a relationship with another person. If the individual was, he or she would be putting to earn trust.

My final point is that being curious and nosy are two different things, but some people might view them as the same.

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    • dreamer32 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Mississippi

      I can see where you are coming between curious and nosy.While I was reading, I did learn something from your point of you though concerning when you spoke the question of how healthy being curious is? That's in the point of relationships, what you spoke is true.

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      Robert E Smith 

      2 years ago from Rochester, New York

      This is another short subject that ignite a whole article of thoughts.

      I would like to point out that not every curious person knows that they are a curious person but merely think of themselves as a person whose passion is to become more knowledgeable in all areas of life.

      Furthermore, not every nosy person knows they are pushing the bounds of normal curiosity into what may very well turn into obsession should delving for facts not be curtailed early on.

      And this is the dilemma: How much curiosity is healthy? How much curiosity is normal for the person whose nature is to be inquisitive, finding treasures of hidden facts and undiscovered information? Indeed if some questions are not asked in a new relationship one could conclude that there really is no interest in having a relationship at all. Some things friends need to share and deeper relationships need to share deeper matters (which opens into matters of trust).

      In the case of curiosity, sometimes it is the desire to understand subjects surrounding an individual and not necessarily the individual themselves. Sometimes the interest is peaked and to the "investigator" there seems to be a vacuum where information should be and they must find out everything or be left to wonder about the matter for years, perhaps forever. To some of these intruding people, the person who stands in the center of their constant search for facts is only collateral damage. The victim here is unfortunately connected to what is felt MUST be told. It is easy to see obsession follow, which can be followed by the destruction of the private life of someone who has a right to maintain their privacy. Sometimes news reporters and police investigators can fall into this obsession and most would deny that "obsession" has anything to do with their reasoning or methods of investigating.

      The curious/nosy person must reach the pinnacle of knowledge, to say that they are the keeper of facts, a person to which people can go to for answers, for wisdom.

      This is the curious person's constant dilemma. In their mind there is a constant need to find out all facts surrounding a matter.

      But when the curious person sets his sights on the information surrounding another person, the act of finding out all the information in this realm begins to get personal very fast. The person will reach a point where the facts begin to reveal hidden secrets of individuals that were never supposed to come to light. bob.


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