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.
Judgment falls in the virtue category of Wisdom. Wisdom deals with strengths that involve the way we acquire and use knowledge.
The strength of judgment is a corrective strength in that it counteracts faulty thinking, such as favouring your current views or favouring ideas that are considered the dominant view, and therefore giving less attention to the less-dominant view. It is the willingness to search actively for evidence against your favoured beliefs, plans or goals and to weigh all of the evidence fairly when it is available.
Play devil’s advocate on an issue that you have strong opinions about.
Examine a past event that you are not happy with (not following through with a goal) and brainstorm ideas for other ways that you could have approached that event/activity.
Before you make your next big decision, consider the following questions first: “There is another way I could look at this,” or “There’s probably something I’m not seeing” in order to see it from all sides.
Too much: cynicism, scepticism
Too little: dogmatic, unreflective, unawareness, rigid and simplistic view of events, endorsement of authoritarian, dogmatic, and ethnocentric ideas