Often perceived as inventive/curious. Appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, curiosity, and variety of experience.
Openness reflects the degree of intellectual curiosity, creativity and a preference for novelty and variety a person has.
It is also described as the extent to which a person is imaginative or independent, and depicts a personal preference for a variety of activities over a strict routine. High openness can be perceived as unpredictability or lack of focus. Moreover, individuals with high openness are said to pursue self-actualization specifically by seeking out intense, euphoric experiences.
A preference for openness means paying the most attention to impressions or the meaning and patterns of the information one gets.
A preference for learning by thinking a problem through rather than by hands-on experience.
Interest in new things and what might be possible, so that one thinks more about the future than the past.
A preference for working with symbols or abstract theories, even if one doesn't know how one will use them. Remembering events more as an impression of what it was like than as actual facts or details of what happened.
The following statements generally apply:
Remembering events by what one read "between the lines" about their meaning, solving problems by leaping between different ideas and possibilities, interested in doing things that are new and different, liking to see the big picture, then to find out the facts, trusting impressions, symbols, and metaphors more than what one actually experienced, sometimes thinking so much about new possibilities that one never looks at how to make them a reality.