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The personality trait of openness "is how open-minded, imaginative, creative and insightful a person is or can be. More open minded people tend to prefer variety, seek new experiences and are curious and perceptive to their environment. Less open minded people tend to avoid change, dislike disruption and focus on a few specific interests."[1]

Openness to experience is important to one's level of creativity.[2]

Openness is one of the Big Five personality traits

The personality traits of a good diplomat are: openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness and extraversion.[3]

Increasing one's openness

See also: Change management and Comfort zone and Neoroplasticity and the ability of individuals to change their personality

The personality trait of openness can change in an individual (changing one's environment such as one's culture, interpersonal relations/skills, etc.).[4]. It was once thought that one's personality was fixed, but modern research indicates that one can positively change one's personality (Neoroplasticity and the ability of individuals to change their personality).

The 2023 journal article The reciprocal relationship between openness and creativity: from neurobiology to multicultural environments published in Frontiers in Neurology indicates:

Multicultural exposure, when facilitated by a habit of openness, encourages individuals to be curious about and investigate novel perspectives, ideas, and beliefs, even when they are different from their own. The process of gaining a deeper understanding of the nuances that make each culture unique provides new knowledge and inspiration for innovative thinking and problem-solving. Subsequently, individuals are thereby more likely to creatively incorporate various novel cultural influences into their work, which facilitates cognitive flexibility and the generation of new ideas in a positive feedback loop (15, 55). Moreover, exposure to diverse cultural perspectives has been demonstrated to help individuals to better understand and empathize with others, which in turn facilitates interpersonal conflict resolution."[5]
Open people are less resistant to change.

Change, such as the changing of the seasons, is constantly occuring around us.

As far as the "habit of openness' mentioned above, habits can be changed (See: Habit). In addition, problem solving, empathy, and creativity are skills that can be learned (See: Problem solving and empathy and Books on creativity). For example, empathy involves being curious about other people, active listening, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence (See: Empathy).[6] In addition, travel broadens the mind as does improving the quality of one's personality relationships due to social influence and the fact that some people are openminded than others (Being around more openminded people is better than being around closedminded people if one wishes to increase their opennesss).

Increasing/expanding the personality trait of openness:

Journal articles on the personality trait of openness

See also

External links


  1. Openness Personality Trait
  2. Openness to experience, plasticity, and creativity: Exploring lower-order, high-order, and interactive effects, Journal of Research in Personality, Volume 43, Issue 6, December 2009, Pages 1087-1090
  3. Traits of a successful diplomat, The Diplomat website
  4. [The neurobiology of openness as a personality trait], Frontiers in Neurology. 2023; 14: 1235345.Published online 2023 Aug 14. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2023.1235345]
  5. The reciprocal relationship between openness and creativity: from neurobiology to multicultural environments, Frontiers in Neurology. 2023; 14: 1235348. Published online 2023 Oct 11. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2023.1235348
  6. Empathic Skills: Definition and Examples