Tips for changing a fixed mindset

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice on how to help change a child or adult's fixed mindset and the benefits of growing pass a fixed mindset
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Tips for changing a fixed mindset

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If a child or an adult has a fixed mindset, there are many things that can be done about that. First of all, we need to educate children and their parents about their brain, and the fact that it grows with learning. We don't have these static brains; you have a good one, I don't. We can all develop our brains through learning. Second, we have to create a new value system, where what we value is effort and struggle and perseverance and new strategies and taking on new tasks. If kids or adults think, "Hey, the name of the game is to look smart," then you are going to get fixed mindset all over the place. But if they feel like the important people in their environment, really value dedication and effort; that's what they are going to do. We have recently developed an online program called, brainology. It can be used for Fifth through Ninth Grade, and it's a fun interactive program that actually teaches about the brain, teaches the growth mindset, and teaches kids how to put that into practice in their school work.

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice on how to help change a child or adult's fixed mindset and the benefits of growing pass a fixed mindset

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Carol Dweck, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Carol S. Dweck, PhD, is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.

She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the highest award in Psychology. 

Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The London Times, with recent feature stories on her work in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on such shows as Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 20 languages.

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