Learning to be successful
The article describes 2 types of outlook that people can have, a 'fixed' mindset and a 'growth' mindset. The author explains how to encourage a child to develop a growth mindset which is more likely to lead to success. But I don't think it's just kids that could do with an opening of their minds?
The whole article is there, but I'll pick out some choice quotes;
How successful you are depends on your mindset, not just luck or innate genius. Believing you can improve by practice, rather than thinking talent is fixed, makes all the difference, says psychologist Carol Dweck.I've just gone to her web-site, which unfortunately charges for the course (not surprising as we all have to eat I suppose). http://www.brainology.us/
People with a fixed mindset believe their basic qualities are carved in stone, so they are concerned about making their abilities look good. Those with a growth mindset believe their basic abilities can be cultivated through dedication and education. They are more concerned with stretching themselves. We've shown that a growth mindset orients you towards learning, whereas a fixed mindset makes you wary of challenges. If the learning involves risk of failure, those with a fixed mindset are more likely to pass it up.
What is your advice to parents who want to avoid trapping their children in a fixed mindset?
First, teach your child the growth mindset, and then praise effort, strategy and improvement. Do not praise intelligence and talent. This harms them.
There are lots of self-help books urging us to adopt a positive attitude. How does your approach differ?
There's evidence behind it. Second, many of these books are lists of what you should do - have confidence and so on - but they don't reveal how you do that. I identify a core belief that creates a whole psychological world in which you might prefer to live.
I won't try that course, but I will definitely consider buying her book, which appears to have good reviews.
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