Definitions: (1) characterizes a person who forms opinions on the basis of sound reasoning, independent of authority, tradition, or established belief; self-determining; (2) one who accepts the possible validity of all modes of thought or action; open-minded

Balancing Quality: Cooperative

Familial Qualities: independent, individualistic

• The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. ― Christopher Eric Hitchens (1949-2011) British author & journalist
• Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless. ― Count Lev Nikolayevich [Leo] Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russian writer