Many of us like to think that we’re open-minded, but for some of us this isn’t the case. Being open-minded involves being open to new ideas and experiences and not holding prejudices. There are many great benefits to being open-minded. People who are open-minded typically have more friends, adapt well to different situations, resolve conflict easily and have a more optimistic outlook of life. Below are just a few questions to help you determine just how open-minded you are.
Do you challenge yourself to try new things?
Open-minded people aren’t afraid to try new things before passing judgement. They don’t reject foods without tasting them first and don’t listen to just one style of music. They’re willing to visit different places and try new activities. They don’t immediately dismiss something for being too ‘weird’ – in fact, they embrace weirdness. Consider whether you are the type of person that embraces weirdness and tries new things.
Do you educate yourself before forming an opinion?
Open-minded people don’t form opinions on things that they have no knowledge of. They prefer to do their research so that they can have an educated opinion. They aren’t immediately cynical of the supernatural or unexplained. Can you believe psychics? Do ghost exist? Open-minded people look into these things before forming an opinion. At the same time, they do not reject science and facts. All in all, they enjoy the process of learning and are not eager to jump to a half-baked conclusion. Consider whether this is something that you do.
Do you listen to what more than one person has to say?
Open-minded people do not trust the opinion or advice of just one person. They listen to multiple people’s different views so that they are non-biased. This is very important for not being led astray by people who may be bad influences. An open-minded person will weigh up both sides and then form a viewpoint of their own. They also continue to listen to people with opposing views in order to learn from them. If they possess knowledge than someone with an opposing view, they are able to use this knowledge to educate the other person. If the other person is more knowledgable, they do not mind backing down and admitting that they do not have the answers. Consider whether you listen to other people or whether you live in an echo chamber.
Do you not mind admitting when you are wrong?
Open-minded people can still hold strong values. In fact, because they seek out educated opinions, they are more likely to have stronger arguments against certain things. However, someone who is open-minded also doesn’t mind admitting when they are wrong. If someone presents new evidence that shows they have made a clear mistake, they will accept this. They do not get angry when proven wrong or resort to empty counterpoints like ‘well, you’re wrong’ – instead they own up to their mistakes and learn from them. Consider whether you are accountable for your mistakes.