How Does Open-Mindedness Affect Your Relationships?

December 28, 2009
Ask yourself questions about open mindedness to better understand why the relationship between you and another person is strained or broken.

sun with question markThese questions are part of a series on understanding how your personality affects your relationships, especially those that are strained or broken.

Exploring Your Personality #4: Open-mindedness


  • Do I tend to defend my personal views and opinions whenever they are questioned? Why?
  • If I am quick to be skeptical about the ideas or motives of others so I can keep my distance from them, is it possible I do that in order to feel more secure? If I think this is true, why am I hesitant to be close to others?
  • Do I tend to reduce anxiety in stressful situations by being critical and/or trying to find someone or something to blame? Why?
  • When I think about a person with whom I have a strained or broken relationship, how would I answer these questions about him or her? Why?
  • What effect does the degree to which we have open minds have to do with our relationship? Why?

To explore other questions and related material see Ask Yourself Questions and Change Your Life and Healing Relationships is an Inside Job.

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