Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How Open Minded Each Personality Type Actually Is
Being open-minded is a rather sensitive subjects, especially since most people have a hard time accepting if they are not open. Here is how open-minded each personality type actually is.
INFJs are often very open-minded people, and are excellent at understanding other viewpoints. They have a natural ability to empathize, and can often put themselves in the shoes of others. In some cases INFJs find themselves understanding people they wish they didn’t, and will be able to empathize with even the most negative individuals. INFJs will easily listen to someone else’s explanation, and will try to explore the reasoning behind the actions of others. This makes INFJs naturally open-minded people, even though sometimes they likely wish they were more closed-minded. Ultimately though, the INFJ will be able to discern when someone is wrong, even if they can understand where they were coming from. The INFJ will keep their mind open until they come to a finally decision about the situation.
ENFJs are naturally open-minded people, who definitely appreciate other people’s opinions. They prefer to hear someone out before making any snap judgments about them. ENFJs can sometimes be a bit too open-minded, and can easily empathize with people they regret listening to later on. They dislike when people are closed-minded, especially when those people feel the need to step on the opinions of others. They prefer to hear people out, which makes them excellent listeners. ENFJs will likely shut themselves off from people who are judgmental though, and have a hard time understand their point of view.
INFPs try to be open-minded individuals, and dislike being judgmental in any way. They prefer to hear people out, and want to be open to different viewpoints and ideas. INFPs love exploring the many possibilities that the world has to offer, which often helps them be much more open-minded. INFPs can struggle when it comes to their personal morals though, and prefer to hold onto these. If they are faced with a situation that goes very strongly against their own ideals, the INFP with likely shut themselves off from this. They do not want to compromise what they believe is right, and dislike feeling like others are forcing them to do this.
ENFPs are open-minded people, who enjoy exploring new possibilities. ENFPs will often enjoy hearing someone else’s point of view, and will enjoy trying to understand them. ENFP often realize that being different from others is not a bad thing, and dislike feeling like someone is being bullied for their differences. They will often stand up for people who they believe are unique, and do not like seeing those people hurt. ENFPs can be closed-minded with the things they believe to be factual, and hold very strong to their own morals. They try very hard to open to new ideas though, and enjoy being able to explore opposing views.
INTJs are open-minded to an extent, but often close themselves off to people who they believe are ignorant. INTJs take a lot of time and effort to research and understand most subjects. The fact is that the INTJ is constantly learning and absorbing new information, and because of this they are hard to make waver. They know that they have done the proper research, and have a strong grasp on many different subjects. If someone approaches the INTJ attempting to change their mind, it will take an intense amount of logic and proof for the INTJ to be open to this. It is not that they are closed-minded, they simply work hard to ensure that they are not ignorant enough to require further instruction. If the INTJ meets someone who is extremely knowledgeable about a subject in which they lack understanding, the INTJ will definitely be open to listening to them.
ENTJs are intelligent people, and enjoy spending a lot of time learning about everything they can. ENTJs hate feeling ignorant or incompetent, and because of this they invest a lot of their energy into absorbing information. ENTJs will be open-minded when it comes to people they trust and rely on, but will not just listen to the opinions of strangers. They have to know that the person they are communicating with is highly intelligent and has a lot to offer the ENTJ. Otherwise they will find themselves having a hard time being open-minded, simply because they know that few people have amassed the knowledge that the ENTJ has.
INTPs are extremely open-minded people, and often enjoy entertaining different points of view. They prefer to approach things from a unique perspective, and are not afraid to dive into a new idea. INTPs dislike feeling like they have been closed-minded, and often feel like they are missing out on something. INTPs will often consider every possible viewpoint before making their decision, and this often helps them gain a better understanding of the situation. INTPs are open-minded people, until they are convinced that they know the information fully and have come to their final conclusion. Once the INTP has formed a solid opinion about something, they are rather hard to convince otherwise.
ENTPs are very open-minded individuals, who actually enjoy playing devil’s advocate in many different situations. They love diving into an opposing viewpoint, in order to understand the situation fully. ENTPs often feel like simply taking on one opinion, isn’t going to help them gain the proper knowledge. ENTPs prefer to consider all of the possibilities and weight all of the different options. Once the ENTP has come to their final conclusion, it is often because they have spent a long time working to fully understand the information.
ISTJs are not often seen as open-minded people, simply because they have strong inner morals. They often have done plenty of research and worked hard to maintain a strong grasp on their own beliefs. When the ISTJ makes a decision about something, they will stand by that belief. This makes it difficult to convince the ISTJ to pull away from their own morals or ideals, and is simply because they know what they want from life. ISTJs have a firm understanding of the world around them, and although they are open to listening to others, they will likely hold strong to what they know is right.
ESTJs are not the most open-minded people, simply because they know what they believe in. ESTJs work hard to gain knowledge on different subjects, and often know what they believe is right. They dislike feeling like people are trying to shove their own opinions down the ESTJs throat, and will often rebel against this. ESTJs will be more open to listening to people they trust and rely on, and will be more easily swayed by those individuals. When it comes to strangers though, ESTJs have a truly hard time opening themselves up to their opposing beliefs.
ISFJs are not generally seen as open-minded people, since they often have strong belief systems. ISFJs are grounded people, and often know exactly what they believe if right. They can have a hard time being convinced of any opposing viewpoints, especially if they can shatter the beliefs of the ISFJ. They dislike having their preformed opinions crushed by someone else, and might struggle to be open-minded because of this. If the ISFJ truly trusts someone though, they can work to overcome this and truly listen to what they have to say.
ESFJs can have a hard time being open-minded, but as they get older this is something they can learn to develop. Naturally the ESFJ prefers to hold strong to their own beliefs and morals. They can struggle to shake certain opinions, especially if they come from their past. ESFJs do best if they are around people who help them open up to new ideas, and explore different possibilities. They can struggle to do this on their own, and often require someone who is open and who they trust in completely.
ISTPs are relatively open-minded people, especially if someone presents them with facts. They don’t mind hearing someone out, as long as they are intelligent and well-spoken. If someone is simply babbling about useless information, the ISTP will become irritated and will likely ignore that person. ISTPs enjoy absorbing information, and don’t mind opening themselves up to new possibilities. They often have a natural understanding of most things, and are great problem solvers because of this.
ESTPs can be somewhat open-minded, and dislike judging people based on their opinions. If the ESTP feels like they are right though, they can struggle to be convinced otherwise. When the ESTP has researched something enough, they have a hard time hearing other opinions on the subject. ESTPs can be a bit stubborn when it comes to information, simply because they spend a lot of time studying different subjects.
ISFPs like to keep an open mind with most things, and hate feeling closed off or shut down. In order to truly explore the world around them, ISFPs need to remain open. They have their own internal morals though, which they hold rather close to their hearts. When it comes to what they believe is morally right or wrong, the ISFP rarely wavers. They know what matters most to them, and have a hard time letting go of these beliefs.
ESFPs can be open-minded about many things, except the things that truly matter most to them. When the ESFP holds something as an important ideal, they will not waver easily. They know what they believe in, and dislike when someone tries to pull this away from them. ESFPs can be open-minded about many other things though, especially when it comes to their loved ones. They take some time to open up to a different opinion, but can be reasoned with.
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