It doesn’t take rocket science to know that there’s a difference between open-minded people and their clod-minded counterparts. But there’s more to it than the obvious noticeable difference between the two personalities.
In a recent study by Melbourne University, it was discovered that open-minded people live in a different version of reality.
In the study, 123 people from a variety of backgrounds were examined through categories, such as conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and a general appetite for open-mindedness. They were then tested for something known as binocular rivalry — which occurs when each eye is shown a separate image, one green, and one red. A majority of people switch between the two images, however, some merge the two into a red and green patch.
It is also to be noted that those who saw both images were also high scorers on the openness test.
The conclusion of this research was the theory that open-minded people tend to create new mental routes in their mind and eventually attain a higher plane of thought. Another inference was that open-minded people tend to be more creative. And this is ample proof that creative people see the world in a different light.
Several other studies have also come to the same conclusion — that open-minded people experienced things in a different manner. Here is what ScienceDirect had to say about this study.
“For instance, openness predicts performance on divergent thinking tasks (Kaufman et al., 2016; Silvia et al., 2008), which require one to identify multiple diverse uses for ordinary objects. For open people this seems to happen effortlessly, suggesting a more flexible way of combining information, perhaps even at low-levels of perceptual processing. For example, people high in openness display reductions in latent inhibition (i.e., attenuated attentional processing following repeated stimulus exposure) suggesting individual differences in preconscious attentional mechanisms (Peterson & Carson, 1999; Peterson, Smith, & Carson, 2002). Latent inhibition reflects an adaptive attentional ‘gating’ system for screening out irrelevant information, but for open people this system appears to be more flexible, resulting in the continued processing of stimuli from which the average individual has disengaged. However, we are aware of no previous research examining whether openness relates to how people actually see visual stimuli.”
There surely is a certain disparity between the minds of open and close-minded people. And even if one doesn’t subscribe to the idea of living in a different reality, there are always obvious giveaways that can help you differentiate one from the other.