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Description: I have written about growth mindsets and other mindsets previously but have tended to focus upon the research that has been done on the differences between growth and fixed mindsets and academic performance. Soooo you may be thinking, well, I don’t need to look further at this blog post as I already know about that stuff. Buy wait a moment and consider how well you actually understand what a mindset is and more importantly what a growth mindset is. More importantly   think about the extent to which (the REAL extent to which) you consistently deploy a growth mindset in your day to day life and especially in terms of your goal, career and life planning. Carol Dweck herself points out that people and organizations typically assume too quickly they they, or their organizations are doing everything they can and should to deploy or support growth mindsets when, in fact it simply is not true. The article linked below does a very good job of laying out the particulars of growth versus fixed mindsets and talking about ways to ensure you are tending in the direction of utilizing a growth mindset more often. One you have read the article and thought a bit more about how consistency you use a growth mindset in your day to day activities spend a few more minutes exploring the website where the article is located. You may find it quite interesting!

Source: Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset: Your Success Hinges On It, Anna Kucirkova, Careers in Psychology

Date: May 5, 2018

Photo Credit: Careers in Psychology

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It is important to see that a mindset is perhaps best thought of a thought “tendency” or as a typical way of thinking, interpreting your experiences and relating to the world. In other words, a mindset need not be something that we are typically very aware of. This means that, like many of our more behavioral habits, we often have to work hard to even see them and, more importantly, we have to work even harder to change them as they are typically rather deeply ingrained. So, if you are convinced of the value in moving towards more consistently using a growth mindset then you should set aside some time weekly to review how you have been approaching tasks and especially task outcomes and see how consistently you are using a growth mindset. Sticking with it will produce more of the benefits discussed in the article inked above.  Lastly as to the Careers in Psychology website I have discussed elsewhere how Psychology is a “Hub” science. This means that many areas of study and work are grounded either in whole or in part in Psychological theory and research. The Careers in psychology site talks about some of the core careers in Psychology but as you look through the site it is worth thinking of the many other career pathways that draw on Psychology.  Everyone needs a little (or a lot) of psychology.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What is a growth mindset?
  2. What are some on the things you can do to ensure you are more typically using growth mindset?
  3. What are some of the things you could do, or better yet, what are some of the things you are GOING to do to ensure you are using more of a growth mindset?

References (Read Further):

Dweck, C. (2015). Carol Dweck revisits the growth mindset. Education Week, 35(5), 20-24.

Caniëls, M. C., Semeijn, J. H., & Renders, I. H. (2018). Mind the mindset! The interaction of proactive personality, transformational leadership and growth mindset for engagement at work. Career Development International, 23(1), 48-66.

Schroder, H. S., Yalch, M. M., Dawood, S., Callahan, C. P., Donnellan, M. B., & Moser, J. S. (2017). Growth mindset of anxiety buffers the link between stressful life events and psychological distress and coping strategies. Personality and Individual Differences, 110, 23-26.

Haimovitz, K., & Dweck, C. S. (2017). The origins of children’s growth and fixed mindsets: New research and a new proposal. Child development, 88(6), 1849-1859.