Self-curiosity: Definition and measurement

Filippo Aschieri*, Ilaria Durosini, Justin Dean Smith

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This article frames self-curiosity–the curiosity that people have about their inner world–within the overarching construct of curiosity and describes its psychological correlates identified in the empirical literature. The construct of self-curiosity is defined as one’s tendency and interest in exploring their inner functioning. It can be assessed through self-report on the Self-Curiosity Attitude-Interest Scale (SCAI), which comprises two positively correlated factors: (1) Attitude toward Self-Curiosity and (2) Interest in Increasing Knowledge of Self. Research provides evidence of the nomological network of self-curiosity, its relationship with other personality traits, and how it varies among different levels of intelligence, between cultures, and across stages of life development. The principal results on self-curiosity are summarized and current research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-115
Number of pages11
JournalSelf and Identity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020


  • Self-curiosity
  • curiosity
  • curiosity about self
  • psychological assessment
  • self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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