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Why Openness Is Essential for Growth

The Doe Team

by The Doe Team

| January 11, 2022

Are you open to experience? Learn the meaning of openness, why it's beneficial and what you can do to cultivate openness.

Being open to experience helps us broaden our perspectives, build meaningful relationships and make positive changes in our lives. Here’s what openness means, why it’s beneficial and how you can cultivate openness in your everyday life.

Before we can grow, we must be open to change.

That’s why we include openness as one of the defining values in the Doe Prints assessment—to help you understand how you handle new ideas and experiences and what you can do to broaden your horizons.


Openness: Definition

The Doe Prints assessment defines openness as the tendency to emphasize independent action, thought and feeling, as well as a readiness for new experiences and different activities. 

In psychology, openness, or openness to experience, is a personality trait that denotes a person's receptivity to new ideas and experiences.

People with a high openness score are more curious. They tend to seek out different experiences and are comfortable with unfamiliar situations. They’re also more likely to be in touch with their inner feelings and enjoy surprises.

There are six facets of openness to experience:

  • Adventurousness: The willingness to experience different things. 
  • Artistic interests: The love for beauty in art and nature. 
  • Emotionality: Awareness of one’s own feelings.
  • Imagination: Using fantasy to create an interesting inner world.
  • Intellectual curiosity: The tendency to think in symbols and abstractions.
  • Tolerance for diversity: The readiness to challenge authority, convention and traditional values.

When you’re open to experience, you’re more likely to be creative, seek out learning opportunities and devise novel solutions to problems.

Openness also correlates with well-being and overall happiness. It fosters positivity and personal relationships. In short, being open to experience can enhance your life significantly.


How to Cultivate Openness to Experience

Openness may not come naturally to some people, and that’s OK! You don’t need to do a 360 and jump off a cliff to experience new things.

Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Explore the edge of your comfort zone: Just by deviating from your routine a little, you may discover something new that’ll spark your creativity.
  • Overcome your fear of failure: Trying new things means you’ll fumble. Focus on the process instead of the perfect outcome. 
  • Follow your curiosity: A curious mindset helps you discover growth opportunities. Spend time pursuing interesting topics and see where they take you.
  • Read stories from others: Explore different perspectives and facets of life by seeing the world through other people's lenses.

Here at The Doe, we help you nurture curiosity and openness to experience by sharing anonymous narratives from people of all walks of life.

Subscribe to our blog to access different stories and ideas that help you stay open to different experiences and broaden your horizons.


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