Tips For Keeping an Open Mind

We’ve all judged someone. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re doing it. But, as Pope Francis so rightfully suggested, it’s best to look in the mirror before judging others. You may judge others because you feel that they are different, because you don’t think they measure up to your standards, or because they don’t think the same way you do. Or, you may jump to conclusions without knowing the whole story about what is going on in someone’s life. The next time you find yourself judging someone, think about how you would feel if you were in that position, and think about these helpful hints.

The empathy dynamic. When evaluating someone else’s actions or personality, it is crucial that you understand where they are coming from, their perspective, history, and the experiences that went into the current situation.

The open vs. closed dynamic. Although we need to be cautious about being gullible, it is crucial that if new data emerge that challenges our initial opinions we remain open to changing our evaluations.

The optimistic vs. pessimistic dynamic. Although overly optimistic judgments about others can surely create potential problems, it is probably also the case that pessimistic judgments about others are more likely to be damaging or injurious.

Sources: Lifehack, Psychology Today.

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