You think it necessary to be careful, not to expose yourselves to the risk of making acquaintance with such, possibly, undesirable people. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. But the advantages of having that courage are massive. Questions Closed-minded people are more likely to make statements than ask questions. Being Open-Minded Is a No-Brainer Open your eyes. Keep an open mind as you review this list.
Understanding Closed-minded people focus much more on being understood than on understanding others. The way each group approaches obstacles, it turns out, defines much of what separates them. He has written seven books and over 300 articles. Subsequently, administer to those same individuals a scale that captures how close-minded they are in terms of their processing styles e. You might have never thought you would be friends with a staunch Republican, a girl who is obsessed with her modeling career, or a guy who chain smokes and covers his body with tattoos. Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? If you catch yourself whining and complaining about something, immediately counter your complaints with praise or excitement surrounding that thing. Closed-minded people are more interested in proving themselves right than in getting the best outcome.
And your ideas and book complement a new one called Friends of Friends which elaborates on this theme. Your friend invites you to her beach house at the last minute—if you want to start changing your life for the better and to be more open to new experiences, then you better say yes. No one wants to be a token friend! There are incredible benefits to being open-minded. If you want to be more open-minded, then you should try to embrace one new unknown thing every week—or even, every day. Hurricanes, tornados, and floods equal doom. You just may learn something. Take a look at yourself in the mirror.
Can you try reading up on other religions, or understanding the reasons why someone might not believe in God at all? Studies show that open-minded tend to be happier, more successful, and more charismatic than those who have closed themselves off. Ask people lots of questions. Instead, aim to find genuine connections with people you enjoy the company of. Find a way to do as many as you can. The desire to be hanging out in bed in your pyjamas instead of meeting new people? I recently came across this quote the other day by Richard Rohr that encapsulates our human tendency. You will die inside when you stop learning. Make a goal of listening to talk radio when you get in the car next time and see how much you learn.
Humble Pie Closed-minded people lack a deep sense of humility. Your body language can be an important factor, making you look closed off or open to others. You may hear some really interesting details and will learn something new. If you have more money to work with, go look at the Mayan ruins in Mexico, check out the plethora of museums in Paris, or spend a weekend in Montreal. Take an individual and provide them with false positive or negative feedback about their performance on some task. Open-minded people see disagreement as a thoughtful means to expand their knowledge. Thanks for taking the time to write.
To some readers this might appear as counterintuitive in that one might presume that an increased self-perception of expertise should engender greater epistemic humility i. It requires you to be a sponge — obtaining information from various sources, seeking input from people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and evaluating that input based on its merits rather than on whether it conforms to your way of thinking. Are you the real deal, or have you simply learned to talk the talk, to look the part? I have one more thing to add: Being open-minded does not mean that you spend an inordinate amount of time considering patently bad ideas just for the sake of open-mindedness. Human beings are all basically the same—in fact, we are far more alike than we are different. Many people who struggle with being open-minded are also known to judge people before they really know them.
Would you like to offer your thoughts to the group? Cherish Them Living in a time when being boorish is celebrated takes precious time away from more interesting encounters and intriguing exploits. This is another great way to adjust your perspective and to become more open-minded. Conversely, the open-minded person sees political unrest as evidence of policies failing to serve equitably; hurricanes, tornados and floods are seen as the powerful forces of nature they are, not judgments upon humanity; social change means that perhaps injustices are finally being addressed. Be more flexible and curious By being more flexible we trust that we can handle new situations. It was undoubtedly time to update my bio photo, which had not changed since I first started writing my column back in 2008.
Though it may be hard to seek these people out, if you do find people that you feel you would not be compatible with in your social circle or around you, be friendly and invite them out for a cup of coffee. I am an avid explorer of places but not as personally outgoing as some. On a related note, one of the realities that I find most irksome in my public engagements is the endless manifestation of the Dunning-Kruger effect. If you want to be more open-minded, then the first thing you have to do is embrace something that is completely foreign to you. Do not look at them as though you suspected them of being evil-doers, thieves and boors. Be friends with people from different walks of life. Open-mindedness is a virtue, but when dealing with New Age salespeople it is important to remember that if you keep your mind too open, your brain may fall out.