The Openness Dimension of Personality
Each big five trait can be measured on a dimension, or spectrum.On the left side of this trait (the researchers would say low) is Practical. On the right side of Openness would be Open (High)
Practical vs Open
Being Practical means you use existing information, and take conventional approaches.
You like well-known, established ideas. You focus on facts, and what already exists. You’re interested in what things do, rather than design or style. You notice the outer world, more than inner thoughts and feelings. You stick with familiar activities.
Being Open means you seek more information, and try new approaches.
You like learning about theoretical or abstract ideas. You’re interested in what might exist, but doesn’t yet. You become absorbed in beauty, art or music. You explore inner thoughts and feelings. You seek out new activities you haven’t done before.