- New York Magazine cover story: How Not to Talk to your Kids
- Wall Street Journal: The Praise a Child Should Never Hear
- Good Morning America: Why Praise Can Be Bad for Kids
- Education World Interview with Carol Dweck
Read about Carol Dweck in Malcolm Gladwell’s
The Talent Myth.
- NPR’s Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn interviews Carol Dweck
Mindsets are beliefs—beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can cultivate throughout your life?
People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens. They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that. If they have a lot, they’re all set, but if they don’t... So people in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.
“Think about your intellligence, talents, and personality. Are they just fixed or can you develop them?”
People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Sure they’re happy if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things—not Mozart, Darwin, or Michael Jordan—without years of passionate practice and learning.