The beginning of the Growth Mindset

More than 35 years ago, Carol Dweck became interested in the attitude of students to failure.

She noticed that some students were recovering, while others seemed devastated by even the smallest setbacks.

After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe people’s underlying beliefs about learning and intelligence.

When students believe they can become smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger.

That is why they invest more time and effort, and that leads to more performance.

Here’s what Dr. Dweck said about the robustness of the research in a recent interview:

“We’ve been doing research on the fixed and growth mindset for about 35 years.

We have actually, and others have hundreds of studies with people of all ages. For example, in some of the studies, we might measure people’s mindsets about their intelligence, ask them to answer questions like this, agree or disagree.

Then we look at say in students, we look at their achievement over time and we have often found that students endorsing that growth mindset, achieve more in terms of grades or test scores or going on to college or graduating from college.

Achieve more over time. Recently we did a study with all the 10th graders in Chile, 168,000 students. Those who held more of a growth mindset, achieved substantially more at every level of family income.”

— Dr. Carol Dweck on The Science of Success

Neuroplasticity & Learning

Research on brain plasticity has shown how connectivity between neurons can change with experience.

With practice, neuronal networks grow new connections, strengthen existing ones, and build isolations that accelerate the transmission of impulses.

These neuroscientific findings have shown us that the measures we take, such as good strategies, asking questions, practicing and following good nutrition and sleeping habits, can help our neuronal growth.

As these neuroscientific discoveries gained momentum, researchers began to understand the relationship between mindset and performance.

This began with a series of interventions and studies that prove that we can actually change a person’s mindset from fixed to growth and if we do that it leads to more motivation and performance.

How can we develop this Growth Mindset?

The embodiment of the growth mentality – In the following picture you follow the psychology of the growth mentality and learn to act in accordance with this kind of thinking.

It is definitely not so easy because it requires a lot of practice and patience.

It mainly takes time because of the plasticity of the brain, the brain has to rewire its neurons to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

Want To Learn More About Growth Mindset?

If you would like to learn more about developing a growth mindset and implementing the things Dr. Dweck mentioned above, you can view the following books, interviews and podcasts:

or you can check out this one:

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