We live in times when it is very hard to be open-minded, especially with the strong and continuous political propaganda running on the media. We all struggle to find better options how to grow in all aspects of our lives, but it seems that there are some wrong things in the bigger picture that block most of us from being completely free, open-minded, creative and self-sufficient.
Recently, a study was published in the Journal of Personality. The researchers found that open-minded people, actually, see the world with different eyes than the rest.
The study entitled “Seeing it both ways: Openness to experience and binocular rivalry suppression,” took place in Melbourne, Australia, and included 123 volunteers that were given a personality test. The test, known as the Big Five Personality test measures extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. The last of those traits is associated with creativity, imagination and a willingness to try new things.
After taking the personality test, the participant conducted a visual test called “binocular rivalry.” In this test, each eye is shown a different image. Most people would reduce their focus to one eye. But, those that were considered to be more open minded could see both colors simultaneously.
“Because openness reflects the tendency to actively explore information and engages with complex possibilities (DeYoung, 2014), people high in openness may also be more likely to experience creative solutions to the incompatible rivalry stimuli.”
And as the researchers not in the Conversation, an earlier study shows that those who score high in openness are less likely to experience “inattentional blindness.” This is a visual phenomenon that takes place when we focus on one thing and unfortunately miss another.
This happens, of course, because we are constantly changing and developing. Be aware that our personalities are not some concrete object that is unchangeable, they shift and reshape through the lifetime, as well as our own views and feelings about the things around you.