Hm. An interesting question, I think this is a word that revolves around situation for me.
Open-minded could mean to take into consideration my ideas or the group's ideas instead of deciding that whatever you have to say is absolute when it comes to project or work based things...
Open-minded could also mean being understanding or non-judgmental if it's something more personal, or if I'm confiding in someone.
I use it occasionally to indicate that someone's being too prideful and not humbling themselves enough in a situation requiring it. It's a nice way of saying "Shut the hell up and stop making an ass of yourself."
I think in the end though it's a lot to do, for me, with the request to temporarily ignore one's personal bias and beliefs in order to better understand and help someone or a situation.
Kantgirl: Just say "I'm feminine and I'll punch anyone who says otherwise!"
Halla74: Think your way through the world. Feel your way through life.
Cimarron: maybe Prpl will be your girl-bud
prplchknz: i don't like it
I also like to think of "openness to experience" when I think of open mindedness. It's correlated to a lot of traits, like creativity and intelligence, and having a liberal political philosophy and being more likely to use marijuana. Openness to experience - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Open minded people, as I see it, acknowledge when they don't know whether or not they like something. Close-minded people say they hate things that they have never really been exposed to, i.e. unfamiliar movies and music. An open minded person may not want to watch or listen to such things, but at least will admit that they might be good.
I think of openmindedness as being able to entertain new ideas and ways of thinking and doing things. I've met quite a few people who like things done the way they always have and aren't interested in changing anything. you could call it "tradition". Then there are some who are like screw "tradition" and do it however they see fit.
those that are less traditional are a lot of times seen as more "openminded".
Openness refers to being responsive to variety of experiences. Appreciation for different sort of art, music, activity... also lumped with being imaginative. Although the commonly used lay definition of being open-minded has nothing to do with the imagination.
My working definition would be open to exploration. Which means when we're approaching a subject, we shouldn't have any predefined notion... or even direction as to where or what the answer might be. Open-mindedness in the freest sense would have no judgment... and thus one also cannot make any decisions. So open-mindedness, up to a point, is good to have. Taken too far, it paradoxically stalls progress.
Moved from relationships to other psychology topics.
"I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." -Martin Luther King, Jr.