Keep an open mind
True love means that you love a person for who they are, not for who you think they should be. Wayne dyer
People are very open-minded to new things… as long as they are just like the old ones! Charles Kettering
If you are tired of looking at the world the same way, maybe it is time to broaden your horizons. Becoming more open-minded can help you live an exciting and curious life in which you never stop learning or growing. By making a few changes to your daily routine, you can open your mind and say goodbye to your old, closed habits. Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively seek evidence against one’s preferred beliefs, plans, or goals, and to weigh that evidence fairly when available. Being open-minded does not mean that you are indecisive, indecisive, or unable to think for yourself. After considering various alternatives, an open-minded person can take a firm stand and act on it.
The opposite of open-mindedness is what’s known as myside bias which refers to the pervasive tendency to seek out evidence and assess evidence in a way that favors your initial beliefs. Most people show a bias on my side, but some are more biased than others.
You cannot be responsible for everything in your life. Sure, that might sound a bit broad, but the unknown can really mean something as simple as taking another route to work, finally agreeing to that date with your neighbor, or seeing a movie. from a director you’ve never heard of. If you want to be more open-minded, the first thing you need to do is embrace something that is completely foreign to you.
Keep an open mind about things you’ve never done before. Narrow-minded people are notorious for forming negative opinions about things they have never even tried. They can hate the other pizza place in town without even setting foot in the door, or they think the vegan movement is downright silly without ever trying it themselves. So the next time you find yourself having a negative opinion about something, ask yourself what evidence you have to back up your ideas.
Head to a party or lunch with a new friend. While you don’t have to say yes to every invite, you can make a habit of saying yes 50% more and going to parties or places you never thought you would end up. It could be a potluck at your neighbor’s house, your aunt’s annual barbecue that you always skip, or even a poetry read your friend has been trying to get you to go for months. Exposing yourself to a wide variety of events will make you more open-minded.
Recognize that others have opinions too. You can do this with almost anything in your life: politics, religion, education, personal beliefs, etc. You don’t have to change your mind or change your morality, but try to see things from the other side. You will become more open-minded and learn to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. This doesn’t mean you have to change your mind, but it will help you have a more open-minded view. Many closed-minded people view it in a negative light. The next time you catch a negative thought crossing your brain – or even the next time a thought slips your lips – counter it with a positive thought. It can help to think of 3 positive things for every negative thought you have.
Try something new and break your old ways. It doesn’t have to be huge: maybe you have a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast instead of eggs and toast. Maybe you cycle to work instead of taking the metro. Getting out of a rut can really help open your mind and help you start new habits. Routines are a great way to bring order and stability to your life, and there’s nothing wrong with it. But if you want to be more open-minded, mixing that up every now and then will show you that there is more than one way to live your life.
Pick a variety of things to read and just dive in. You should read widely: non-fiction, literary fiction, magazines, newspapers, blogs, or anything in between. Read a book about a country you’ve never been to or a book about a political movement you don’t know much about. The more you know, the more power you will have to make informed decisions and be more open-minded. Spend a few hours in a bookstore or library browsing the shelves until you find a book that speaks to you. Then set a goal of completing it by the weekend. Join a book club by searching for one online or in your area. This will make you even more open to a wide variety of literature and expose you to numbness.
Open-mindedness is very helpful as many benefits accrue to individuals who develop this positive trait. Research suggests that open-minded and cognitively complex individuals are less influenced by singular events and are more resistant to suggestion and manipulation; open-minded individuals are better able to predict how others will behave and are less prone to projection, and open-minded individuals tend to score better on general cognitive ability tests like the SAT or a test of IQ even though we don’t know whether being open-minded makes you smarter or vice versa.
Social and cognitive psychologists have noted widespread errors in judgment / thinking to which we are all vulnerable. In order to be open-minded, we must work against these core tendencies, which leads virtue ethicists to call open-mindedness a corrective virtue. In addition to the myside bias described above, there are three other cognitive tendencies that work against open thinking. These are selective exposure, the effects of primacy and polarization. We tend to maintain our beliefs by selectively exposing ourselves to information that we already know is likely to support those beliefs. Liberals tend to read Liberal newspapers and Conservatives tend to read Conservative newspapers. The evidence that comes first matters more than the evidence that comes later. Litigators are well aware of this phenomenon. Once jurors form a belief, that belief becomes resistant to counter-evidence. We also tend to be less critical of evidence that supports our beliefs than evidence that goes against our beliefs.
Research also suggests that people are more likely to be open-minded when not pressed for time. People are more likely to be open-minded when they believe they are making an important decision. Some research suggests that the way an idea is presented can affect a person’s openness when considering it. For example, a typical method of assessing open-mindedness in the laboratory is to ask a participant to list arguments on both sides of a complicated issue (e.g., death penalty, abortion, animal experimentation). What usually happens is that individuals are able to list a lot more arguments from their preferred side. However, if the researcher then encourages the participant to come up with more arguments on the opposite side, most people are able to do so without much difficulty. It seems that individuals have these counterarguments stored in memory, but they do not take inspiration from them when asked for them for the first time.
Catherine Freemire, a clinical therapist and professional coach renowned for her creative thinking, offered three exercises to develop openness that are worth trying. First, choose an emotionally charged and questionable topic (e.g. abortion, prayer in school, health care reform, the current situation in Afghanistan) and take the opposite view of yours. . Write down five valid reasons to support this view. Second, recall a time when someone wronged you in the past and generate three plausible reasons why that person inadvertently or intentionally wronged you. Third, think of a topic that you constantly argue with your teenager or adult child about and take their stand and think of 3 substantial reasons why their point of view is valid.
Open-mindedness involves being receptive to a wide variety of ideas, arguments, and information. Open-mindedness is generally viewed as a positive quality. It is a necessary ability to think critically and rationally. If you are not open to other ideas and perspectives, it is difficult to see all the factors that are contributing to the problems or to find effective solutions. In an increasingly polarized world, it’s important to be able to step out of your comfort zone and consider other perspectives and ideas. However, that doesn’t mean that being open-minded is necessarily easy. Being open to new ideas and experiences can sometimes lead to confusion and cognitive dissonance as we learn new things that conflict with existing beliefs. However, being able to change and revise outdated or incorrect beliefs is an important part of learning and personal growth. To reap the benefits of open-mindedness, work on developing this ability.
Being more open-minded means enjoying some useful and powerful benefits. Open-mindedness helps you gain new knowledge, have new experiences, develop yourself personally, become mentally strong, feel more optimistic, and learn new things to enrich your experience and your life at home. times.
The author is formerly of the Indian Revenue Service, retired as Director General of Income Tax (Inquiry) Chandigarh.