Interesting article…if you’re cynical, you might see this as confirmation that a positive mental attitude does actually work! The way the evidence was produced is powerful however. Its application in the work place is also worth thinking about…no doubt all of us work with people from both sides of this divide and the way in which tasks are set for them is perhaps the key learning for me.
Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford University
I’d like to introduce what is probably the most important concept I’ve every learned. In a way, I’m frustrated that I didn’t latch onto this insight until I was 35 years old, but by the same token, I’m relieved that I learned this in time to make better parenting decisions when the appropriate time comes.
Does Intelligence Remain Fixed?
Dr. Carol Dweck is a psychologist from Stanford University who has spent her life studying a key difference in the way people conceive of themselves and their respective abilities. Depending on a number of environmental factors, people tend to believe one of two distinct hypotheses about their own intelligence. Some people believe that intelligence is a fixed and uncontrollable trait (entity learning hypothesis). Other people believe that intelligence is a malleable, controllable ability to be cultivated (incremental learning hypothesis). This difference in mentality creates enormous performance, motivational…
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