The Closed Mind Why does it close, and how does it open?

  

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Via:  321steve  •  2 weeks ago  •  25 comments

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The Closed Mind Why does it close, and how does it open?
The Closed Mind

The Closed Mind Why does it close, and how does it open?


S E E D E D   C O N T E N T



Each of us knows at least one person whom we would say has a closed mind.  Bias , bigotry, misogyny,  xenophobia , and homophobia are all examples of closed-mindedness. When one’s mind is made up, there is no changing it.

The closed-minded person is not allowed to question her own beliefs. Such questioning allows a person to center on her own authentic self and to come to terms with—not what she has been taught to believe—but what she actually believes.

Original thought is a thought or belief that comes from the center of our essential being. Many, many of our thoughts originate externally.

Original thinking allows us to fly free from the constraints of our own bias, see through it to creative, problem-solving beliefs

On the other hand, it is fear that generally keeps the mind closed. Often the fear is based on the idea that one must be right in order to be OK. It is not safe to be wrong. Therefore, once an idea is grasped, one must hold on to it, for fear that to question it might prove one wrong and thus unsafe. 

Unfortunately, closed-minded people can take positions of power over others—thus training others to likewise have closed minds. Parents who have closed minds often train their children to believe as they believe.

There are many who operate out of a closed mind as a coping mechanism for a deep-seated fear that they cannot even access, because to explore their own minds might be too frightening. The open-minded person is willing to explore his own mind and even find that he’s been wrong about something and self-correct. The closed-minded person is unwilling to do this. Being wrong is simply not safe.

For this reason, trying to talk the closed-minded person out of a closed mind is not likely to succeed. Arguing, trying to prove your points, these are methods that are likely to fail. Rather, facilitating a safe zone for this person, in which safety is the primary interactive tool, might mean that the closed-minded person will ever so slowly begin to explore his own mind.


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321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
1  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu     2 weeks ago

Please be responsible,respectful, real or be merrily on your way.

Thank you, Steve

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
1.1  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu @1    2 weeks ago
Parents who have closed minds often train their children to believe as they believe.

I'm so glad that my parents taught me to question everything. I'm teaching my children to question... and RESEARCH to form their own opinions. 

Bias , bigotry, misogyny,  xenophobia , and homophobia are all examples of closed-mindedness.

All taught behaviors. I told my husband's [former, but long-term] friend at the time to leave my house or shut his damn racist mouth. I told him that this house doesn't teach such things or spew hatred. I've been the one that's been discriminated against before... it's not a pleasant feeling and it's quite apparent to the person being discriminated against, even if it's subtle. I have worked in the automotive industry in some way, shape or form since I was 16. I went to school to be an aircraft mechanic at 18. I went back to school in my 30s to get a BBA in Operations Management. All of the aforementioned are what I call "man-land" career paths.

While it's noticeably decreased, there is still a lot of sexism that exists. MY birth-giving parents never made any remarks about when my husband was staying at home and I was working. However, my stepdad, my stepmom, and my husband's mom all had something to say about me being the financial provider while my husband stayed home. I told all of them to piss off in one way or another. My husband's mother stayed home. My mother stayed home most of my life. My stepmom stayed at home after marrying my dad. I asked each one of them, why is it different if I'm working rather than my husband? NONE of them had any kind of real answer. One was a vile answer of, "Fuck you."

Ironically, my husband's father never said anything about our situation, yet he told my mother in law that she was going to stay home after they got married. My understanding is that I've been the only one that's gotten in his face about certain things, yet he really likes and respects me. I still can't figure it out... I'm the complete opposite of my mother in law in personality; I'm aggressive rather than passive and that trickles down in just about all other aspects that make us different. My thought is this; whoever can financially provide for the family the best, should maintain stability as much as possible... it doesn't matter which one or if it's both together. I have the ability to make more money based on my knowledge and education. So to me, it stands to reason that my husband shouldn't have to kill himself working 80 hours a week just to say that he makes equal or more money... it's stupid. 

Sorry... I got a bit off track.

I have a therapist, a black woman. Her and I have awesome conversations. She's even said occasionally that before talking to me, she was losing faith in humanity. Her and I have had several discussions about the race issues from the past and present. I ask her questions to get her perspective [because the perspective IS different from mine] and she KNOWS that I'm doing so out of respect and curiosity. I've learned that asking questions helps in nearly any situation. I met a transsexual [m to f] and I asked if I could ask her some questions and warned that some would be rather detailed. She said, "I would always rather have questions than assumptions." I learned a lot from her. I've asked questions about Islam from my Lebanese Muslim friends. Later, my daughter's friend [he's such a sweetie] was part of our Cedar Point group [I was a chaperone for a school function], he's Muslim [I didn't know that until after this particular trip] and when he and I were looking for something to eat, he said, "I can't eat there," after I suggested a place. I said, "Oh. You need Kosher / Halaal. Got it." He was surprised that I knew what that was and why he couldn't eat at a certain place. Asking questions is a big deal. If people are taught not to ask questions, those people won't learn important things. 

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
1.1.1  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @1.1    2 weeks ago
I'm aggressive rather than passive and that trickles down in just about all other aspects that make us different.

Aggressive or assertive ? 

Passive usually has aggressive attached. Passive/aggressive 

Assertive is saying and standing up for what you need and want. While still respecting others. 

From your brief descriptions, I'm thinking ... assertive.  

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
1.1.2  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @1.1    2 weeks ago
If people are taught not to ask questions, those people won't learn important things. 

So true !!

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
1.1.3  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

Yes, I suppose you're right. Assertive is a better word.

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
1.1.4  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @1.1.3    2 weeks ago
Assertive is a better word.

At least perhaps more accurate.

 
 
 
Veronica
Junior Guide
2  Veronica    2 weeks ago

I broke free from a closed minded family, race and religion being the biggest culprits.  I admit today I am still closed minded when it comes to certain things, like a woman's right to choose.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Veronica @2    2 weeks ago

Yeah, I'm pretty set on women's right to choose.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

I think there are people who NEED the advice to stay open minded, because if they are not reminded they will revert back into group think, or the way they were taught by tradition. But there are other people who are naturally more open to uncomfortable or offbeat ideas and never really need to worry about being closed minded. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
Masters Participates
4  r.t..b...    2 weeks ago

Close-mindedness has been with us our entire existence. The Dark Ages, the Inquisition, slavery, Manifest Destiny, Nazism, et.al.

All defeated and dismissed to the dung heap of history by reasonable people seeing the incongruity of those in power seeking to maintain that power through subjugation and a sense of superiority. 

There are those that will always purport that they know better, that they should make decisions for all given their self-serving providence, that all dissent is rooted in evil. 

The human condition it seems. But what is innately right eventually defeats the inanely wrong. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
5  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

I think that being closed minded affects all aspects of a person's life. It can be taught as in from how you grew up, or innate. I think that most people who are closed minded are comfortable with their thoughts and find huge discomfort in challenging them. It's kind of like refusing to go get a second opinion from a doctor, even though everyone around you tells you to. 

I was lucky enough not to grow up in closed minded family. My parents often spared over issues and encouraged us to form our own opinions. Even as a child, I was interested in reading up and watching the news on issues that were going on. I have changed my mind many times as an adult when presented with good arguments and discussed in a respectful manner. 

 
 
 
Veronica
Junior Guide
5.1  Veronica  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5    2 weeks ago
I was lucky enough not to grow up in closed minded family.

Most of my family is still closed minded.  At my niece's wedding many moons ago there was a young man that she and I worked with.  He happened to be a gay black man.  He sat with my family at the church and the reception My daughter who was part of the wedding party dragged him onto the dance floor.  They were having a great time.  My mother pulled me aside to voice her displeasure over that & I said "She's not dating him, he's gay".  Her snippy reply was "We all know that, but it doesn't look right."  I told her it looked fine to me.  

My son's best friend is a transgender black woman.  I was soooo tempted to have a picture taken and send it out as our Christmas card introducing her as our new daughter.  

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
5.1.1  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  Veronica @5.1    2 weeks ago
My son's best friend is a transgender black woman.  I was soooo tempted to have a picture taken and send it out as our Christmas card introducing her as our new daughter. 

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LOL   I have that same sense of humor, it's gotten me in trouble more than once. jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
5.1.2  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Veronica @5.1    2 weeks ago

My son's best friend is a transgender black woman.  I was soooo tempted to have a picture taken and send it out as our Christmas card introducing her as our new daughter.  

THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
5.2  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5    2 weeks ago
I have changed my mind many times as an adult when presented with good arguments and discussed in a respectful manner. 

I agree, Better to learn I'm wrong than to be wrong the rest of my life. 

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Principal
6  Hallux    2 weeks ago

Well oiled with self-deprecating humor, the time to deconstruct what you believe in arrives before you have faith in it. (I'm just trying to explain to myself why I have 32 dictionaries [yes, I collect them] and only 1 very dusty bible.)

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Guide
7  Greg Jones    2 weeks ago

My views are pretty much locked in my old age....but they can be modified by new evidence and experiences.

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
7.1  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  Greg Jones @7    2 weeks ago
My views are pretty much locked in my old age....but they can be modified by new evidence and experiences.

Yea age does seem to help form our views of certain ideas of right and wrong.

And yes IMO: Intelligent people fight the urge to not allow new evidence and facts to keep them from seeing Reality even if it isn't the Reality they once thought it was. 

Personally IF I am wrong on something I'd rather know what I thought was wrong instead of being wrong the rest of my life about something.

But I've met some folks that no matter what evidence shows that they are mistaken will NOT ever acknowledge they could actually have something wrong.

I feel for them. But wrong is wrong no matter what a person wants. Reality is Reality.

And yes an orange really IS an orange !

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Sean Treacy
Professor Participates
8  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

I'm very thankful my parents taught me the value of critical thinking and that principles are to be applied across the board and not situationally. Being open to data, making sure to understanding the why behind a number or statistic  rather than unknowingly brandishing it go a long way, acknowledging reality and employing  Occam's razor go a long way to keeping one open minded and constantly assessing one's position.

The thing I've found most surprising is how attached people get to political narratives and the lengths they'll go to cling to their position.  Watching people literally ignoring data, disingenuously using statistics and rejecting common sense and their own eyes to cling to some preconceived talking point always  kind of shocks me. Some of the discussions I've been I wouldn't have believed possible. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
9  Kathleen    2 weeks ago

My Parents were traditional in their thinking, but really never pushed my sister and I about religion and other subjects. I know when it came to abortion, they were pro-choice. They did not like it, but they realized that in some situations it was all for the best. I would not say they had a closed mind, but they did have certain values they would always stick to.

As for me, I think people should live their lives the way they want as long as it doesn’t interfere with the way others live. I don’t think you should be telling others what do do with their lives. 

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
9.1  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Kathleen @9    2 weeks ago

As for me, I think people should live their lives the way they want as long as it doesn’t interfere with the way others live. I don’t think you should be telling others what do do with their lives. 

"If it harms none, do as you will."

 
 
 
Kathleen
PhD Principal
9.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @9.1    2 weeks ago

We have one life that’s guaranteed and we need to make the most of it. What’s next.... who knows... jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
10  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu     2 weeks ago

Proven here daily !

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
10.1  Tessylo  replied to  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu @10    2 weeks ago

Like in that thread where all your comments were deleted?  Just now?

Mine too!

Talk about closed minds. 

If you disagree with certain folks here, they delete your comments.  

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
Sophomore Principal
10.1.1  seeder  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu   replied to  Tessylo @10.1    2 weeks ago
If you disagree with certain folks here, they delete your comments.

Thankfully we have options !

 
 
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