Mindset Theory

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What defines the success of individuals in society? One would argue that their mindset dictates success in business, social circles, personal life, sport, and in academic pursuits. A mindset evolves around beliefs, which sets the foundations in adolescence. Parents have a great influence in the formation of their children’s ' mindset, with parental nurture proving to be the first determining factor. This developed mindset then sets the tone for school achievements, and views on their own intelligence emerges. Youth who believe their intelligence is innate tend to fail, as academic classes become more challenging over the years. In comparison, those youth who believe their abilities can grow can see an improvement in grades. Their attitudes …show more content…
By definition, mindset is said to be a personal viewpoint on one 's own qualities and attitudes (Laurian-fitzgerald & Roman, 2016). After years of research Dweck developed the concepts of a fixed mindset, and a growth mindset. These ideas explain why some children love challenging situations, and why others avoid such tests (Dweck, 2006). A fixed mindset holds the belief that talents are innate. They believe that you are born with your set abilities in all aspects of life. This includes sporting ability, along with academic ability. This means that these people hold a negative view towards challenges and struggles, as they believe there is a cap on their personal abilities. A fixed mindset means that those people feel that they cannot change their abilities, and can never grow (Dweck, 2007). Those children who have a fixed mindset require positive and confirming feedback so that their abilities are supported, and when rating themselves can often give an inaccurate representation of their scores. When these children were asked what would their reaction be to a failed test, many said they would cheat on the next test from someone who they know did a good job (Dweck, …show more content…
This growth mindset can be achieved by focusing on the learning process, and praising the child for their hard work, opposed to their talents. They need to have a healthy view on failure and understand that failure does not mean that they cannot achieve that task in the future. It is about education, and letting the child know that anything is possible with hard work and determination. Emphasizing the process will provide children with persistence when tackling difficult tasks, and a want to pursue these challenging tasks. Parents need to shift their thinking from telling their children they are as talented as Van Gogh, or as smart as Einstein. Focus on the effort and time it takes to build these talents. Seek out how they achieved these results and show interested in the process. If failure has occurred for the child, then discuss this. Discuss why they think it happened, and think of new ways to try to achieve the task. If the child finds a task so easy, do not tell them they are wonderful. Instead, words like sorry we have spent time on sometime easy for you. Emphasize the learning mechanism and doing something else that will provide these opportunities. Focus on effort and appreciation for getting to the end results (Dweck,

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