Wisdom & Knowledge
Cognitive strengths that help us to learn, including curiosity, creativity, open-mindedness, love of learning and wisdom.
is thinking things through and examining them from all sides. Open-minded people are willing to revise their own ideas in the light of new information.
Simple Ways to Practise Open-mindedness
Listen carefully to others' points of view before making your own judgement about an issue
Seek opportunities to debate and discuss current issues with other open-minded people
Consider how you might be able to reconcile two opposing views on a topic
Write an essay that requires you to consider both sides of an important issue, and write a conclusion based on your own judgement
When making decisions, use a 'decision-balance sheet' to consider the arguments for; and against a particular course of action
Watch documentaries, or topic-discussion programmes on television to inform your opinions
Practise gathering information on a topic from several different sources
Read sources of information critically and consider whether the author is taking a balanced, or biased view.
Keep up to date with current affairs in the news
Develop your critical thinking skills by considering the arguments against your position on an issue you feel strongly about