Dr. Jud Brewer, The Craving Mind

Curiosity & the Craving Mind with Dr. Judson Brewer

“If you had to strip everything else away in terms of the utility of helping people change bad habits, I would keep curiosity as the last thing.”

~ Judson Brewer

Listen to Choose to be Curious #56: Curiosity & the Craving Mind, with Dr. Judson Brewer

Listen to Curiosity to Go, Ep. 29: Curiosity is Good Medicine

Six more things that stuck with me from my conversation with Jud:

Curiosity is joyful, very experiential – it’s hard to put words on it! The drive “I have to know” doesn’t really get at the essence of curiosity — getting caught up is the opposite of curiosity. Curiosity is much more open.

Curiosity shows up in early Buddhist teaching as a “factor of awakening.”

Just be with what is happening. That being can change things around us. By being curious, we just rest in being — and that pleasant feeling of curiosity is more rewarding than giving into cravings.

The posterior cingulate cortex of the brain gets really active when we get caught up in something; it deactivates when we meditate and when we’re curious. That activation happens when we’re contracted, curiosity is the opposite.

Curiosity extends to ethical conduct. We can be curious: what’s it like when I’m a jerk? Curiosity can drive us in the direction of living a good life.

“Curiosity, that’s pretty good stuff. I want to keep smoking that.”

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