There are lots of people in this world who claim to be open-minded who really aren’t. Are you truly open-minded or just faking it?
There are lots of different factors that go into being open-minded. It isn’t as easy as most try to act like it is. This doesn’t mean we can’t be making progress throughout though, progress is something that can be made even in the most unchangeable people. Open-minded people and closed-minded people both are very different.
These two groups approach things in the complete opposite manner and closed-minded people are actually pretty dangerous. They have learned that being open-minded is important and have merely forced themselves to think that is what they are rather than facing the truth that they are closed-minded. What do you think you are? What would your friends say you are?
Below you will find a list of traits that only someone who is truly open-minded would have. If you have these traits then there is nothing to worry about. You are doing better than most.
8 Traits Only Truly Open-Minded People Have:
1. You focus on understanding.
You want to understand where the other person is coming from. You don’t want them to walk away thinking you were not listening. You are a great listener.
2. You are humble.
Being humble is a good thing. You know that you are important but are modest about it. No one is better than anyone else.
3. You use disagreements as a means to learn.
You don’t see arguments as things to win but lessons to learn. If you are wrong you don’t mind admitting it. learning is important to you.
4. You know when to ask questions.
When you don’t understand something you ask questions. You would rather make it known that you don’t understand than look like a dick. You are not going to let the conversation go sour because someone is too afraid to ask questions.
5. You allow others to speak.
You don’t rule the conversation. You let others speak just as much as you did. They deserve the same amount of time to get their point out as well. You are open to learning as mentioned above, winning is not the goal.
You don’t judge other people. You know that sometimes we cannot change things and that is okay. It is not going to bother you.
7. You are able to get past people’s differences.
Just because you disagree with someone on something doesn’t mean you are going to avoid them or even send them death threats (yes that does happen). You say okay and move on in spite of the differences. They are not going to make you change your whole perspective of someone. We all have preferences and they don’t have to be the same.
8. You embrace change.
You welcome change with open arms. You love growing as a person and change allow that. Sure, some changes suck but you don’t mind them, you know there is more to it than meets the eyes.