Open-mindedness is thinking things through and examining them from all sides. It involves a willingness to consider evidence against one’s own beliefs, plans, and goals and to revise them if necessary.  Open-minded people faithfully adhere to the standard of considering evidence fairly.  This strength counteracts the pervasive “my-side bias” that prevents many people from considering views other than their own.

How to demonstrate this Character Strength:

Movies: No Man’s Land (2001-Bosnian)

Suggested strategies that correlate with this strength:

  1. Identify reason from your last 3 actions that you are not happy with (not following through with a goal) and brainstorm better alternative ideas for the future.
  2. Ask a trusted and wise friend to critically appraise your judgement on your last three significant actions.
  3. Play devil’s advocate on an issue that you have strong opinions about.
  4. At least once a week practice the common themes that exist across races and religions on an important issue.
  5. Identify the last three actions for which you did not think your way through.
  6. Start an activity and ask yourself – Why? When? And how?
  7. Attend a mulit-cultural event and crucially evaluate your views during and afterwards
  8. Identify causes of a perceived failyre of an activity in the past.  Are there any patterns? Take some time to think deeply about how can you improve
  9. When deciding about an important issue, write pros and cons and repeat them whil taking breaks in between.
  10. Mentor someone of a different ethnic or religious background
  11. Monitor if you often find information to confirm your opinions or seek new information to expand your view.
  12. When you face the next challenge, first imagine the best and worst scenario and then decide the most realistic course of action.

By monitoring the above, you will be able to catch when there is an incongruence in this personal strength. An incongruence will compromise you and cause inner conflict, so the above will help you keep on the right track.

Yours in wellness,

Elaine x

Elaine Corcoran

Clinical Director I Brain Training Australia I Perth WA

References:

Niemiec, R. M, 2017, Character Strengths Interventions, Hogrefe, Boston

Tayyab, R., Anjum, A., 2005, 340 Ways to Use VIA Character Strengths, University of Pennsylvania