"Is it possible for a person to have strong opinions and still keep an open mind?"

  1. Inquiring Minds want to know--
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   BellaTerra2002
    You mean "open mind" in the sense that people are willing to change their opinions if they are convinced they are 'wrong' or "open mind" in the sense that they are willing to peacefully accept others' views on a subject? I think it depends on the subject. It's been shown that the more education a person has, the more they are willing to both change their minds if shown they are wrong and more willing to accept/tolerate others' views on a subject. I'm not saying I'm well educated (because most of you have more education than I have), but I am willing to change my mind if another can show me I am wrong (including on this impending war). I'm willing to accept others' religious beliefs -- but I'm NOT going to change mine at all (short of a real miracle), and I'm NOT willing to live with/have imposed upon someone else's religious beliefs. Is this a sufficient answer to your question?
  4. by   fergus51
    Depends on if they can listen without spending that time trying to think of a rebuttal. I hope so.
  5. by   nurs4kids
    i'm always right
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Last edit by mario_ragucci on Feb 18, '03
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    My opinion is just that: my opinion. There are very few things of which I can profess to have an expert level of clarity. And I believe that part of being the person that I am is having the ability to reason.

    Just because one has a strong opinion doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to reason or have an "open mind".

    However - there are quite a few folks around with no mind at all.
  8. by   Tilleycs
    I agree with Bella, I think it depends on how you define "an open mind". If I've done my homework and have formed my opinion based on the FACTS (which is what I usually try to do), it will be hard to persuade me otherwise.

    That doesn't mean that I won't listen and consider other views, and I may alter/tweak mine a little if I learn something I didn't know before. There's a way to respectfully disagree and talk about the facts without throwing darts and make personal attacks. I may understand where someone else is coming from, but that still doesn't mean that I agree with them. It doesn't mean that I have to get nasty toward them, either, though.

    Just because someone feels strongly about something doesn't mean they're right. Sincerity doesn't automatically equal truth, and having passion about something doesn't necessarily mean that you have all the facts and can be objective about something.
  9. by   mother/babyRN
    Sure...Listening to both sides and contemplating either view without interupting is having an open mind. Expressing ones opinion is not being against open minded. It is simply believing in something strongly. Or, disbelieving in somethng just as fervently.
    It is only in recent years that the "polictically correct" view has been popularized. Since that movement, it seems opinions are put to the wayside and chastized...I may disagree with someones idea that jumping off a building is a good idea, but I will always listen to the reasons someone might want to do it.
    Of COURSE a strongly opinionated person is capable of having an open mind....Someone who can't take a position is, to me, the one without the open mind...
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  11. by   Glad2behere
    Impossible! I never associate with small minds!
  12. by   sanakruz