The virtue of openness is a critical tool in increasing the cultural diversity of people. Several researchers have explored key factors influencing human openness towards their diverse social interactions. Han and Pincole (2017) identify the Big Five Personality traits including agreeableness, extraversion, experience, conscientiousness, and neuroticism as key predictors of openness to diversity. As such, considering conscientiousness as one of the Big Five Personality traits is key in determining how a personality would influence human openness towards diversity.
A person’s conscientiousness is directly linked to the development of a positive attitude towards diversity. For instance, an individual’s mindfulness is associated with their cognitive awareness key in creating an open mind view of their social interaction in any environment (Feist & Feist, 2009). Being veracious ensures that an individual is more careful and diligent when handling tasks and taking obligations relating to others. Such an open mind to a more responsible human interaction is an important way of managing an inclusive social interaction amongst a group of people of different cultures.
Conscientiousness also creates a common ground for developing an appreciative attitude of people’s universality. For instance, the common desired behavior of charitable giving is only manifested among people who have an open mind towards being supportive of others while disregarding prejudice and disruptive behavior. Conscientiousness as a virtue motivates the interpersonal drive of people towards remaining ethically responsible. These individuals are more motivated to maintain a positive relationship with others. Conscientious people are, therefore, more receptive to embracing the cultural values of other people. Human empathy is, therefore, an important way of reducing human discrimination and prejudice between one another. This supportive relationship ensures that people from diverse cultures can acknowledge one another and appreciate their differences.
Conscientiousness is also associated with a considerable understanding of the diversity of people. This creates a form of an accommodative and inclusive association between two groups of people who share different cultures. In such an interaction, people of different cultural backgrounds will freely interact without the feeling of being subjected to cultural prejudice. Self-consciousness is, therefore, a form of security to protect a person from a divisive culture (McCrae & Costa, 2008). An individual’s adoption of self-consciousness is also key to ensuring that they are dutiful and self-disciplined. As such, one can develop positive self-esteem in advocating for a diverse culture to improve human social interaction. A high level of consciousness improves an individual’s interpersonal skills, hence attracting a greater human competence in dealing with other people. These individuals are more intrinsically motivated in advocating for social justice. A person’s interpersonal competency is also critical in engaging a diverse human interaction that promotes more inclusivity among people of diverse cultures.
The personality trait of conscientiousness is, therefore, an integral component of the Big Five Personality factors that develops a person’s open mind towards their diverse social associations. Being conscientious ensures that an individual develops an appreciative attitude toward the universality of people. It is also a way of fostering an empathetic relationship that is accommodative of diverse human needs (Han & Pistole, 2017). Conscientiousness creates a supportive relationship in reducing prejudice and discouraging social discrimination between diverse social groups. The virtue of conscientiousness also attracts a dutiful and self-disciplined character among people of different cultural backgrounds crucial in addressing the needs of the larger society. Finally, it is also a way of advocating for unbiased social interactions within a community.
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