Characteristics of a Good Researcher (Part 7)

Emotional Characteristics

Curiosity: Unlike most people who are indifferent to common phenomena, a researcher pays attention even to the most common things. In other words, many of the things that are normal for the general public are mysterious to them. 

Although the researcher cannot meditate on all matters, her mind gets full of questions and ambiguities when dealing with the issues around her. A researcher is curious and always exploring; she raises many exciting questions, investigates things deeply, and situations, and wants to know how things work.

Sense of Wonder: Given that a researcher observes seemingly normal natural phenomena from a curious perspective, they sometimes reach deeper facts and root causes of phenomena. Even if they are not able to understand its root, they are able to understand its complexity and grandeur to some extent. In light of such insights, a sense of wonder arises in them. Sometimes this sense of wonder is so heightened that they will not exchange such experiences with the pleasures of wealth and power. Such people are surprised and deeply impressed by normal things in life, feel strong emotions towards the world, and are eager to share their findings with others.

Wide Range of Interests: A researcher has a relatively wide range of interests. They have the ability to understand and analyze most topics, all of which are within the scope of their interest. Although this provides them with a better opportunity for choosing, it also causes a waste of their energy and makes them mentally exhausted. But researchers are usually interested in one subject more than others, and this is their driving force which provides the context for significant innovation.

Focused: Having an unusual, surprising look at the phenomena raises numerous questions and ambiguities in one’s curious mind. This causes a talented person to be able to concentrate on something. So such a person can heavily focus, her focus is not easily disrupted, tends to not notice the passage of time, and is deeply immersed in her duties.

Resistance and Stability: Talented people do not feel desperate in the face of difficulties and failures. But by gaining control over the negative emotions caused by failure, use what they have learned from such experiences. The difficulties do not discourage her.  She concentrates her efforts on goals that others find impossible and unattainable. Such a person does not need any external motivation for pursuing the things that interest or attract her. In other words, the cause and motivation for continuing her work and showing resistance in the face of problems are internal rather than external.

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