11 September 2018
Growth Mindset Definition
In Carol Dweck’s Mindset she established two mindsets, growth mindset and fixed mindset she explains a mindset is one’s train of thought that controls their behavior and attitude toward their surroundings (pg. 13). Dweck explains that the growth mindset is a thought process based on the basic belief that your qualities are things you can developed. She also explains that mindsets are only just intangible beliefs and are just something in your mind (pg.16). According to Dweck the most important part of a growth mindset is constantly putting in effort to become better than you once were (pg. 16).
Growth minded people believe that they can always improve themselves, acquire new abilities by learning, and change their intelligence (Dweck, pg. 12). This belief is in their minds and influences heavily how they react to everyday situations they have a mental and emotional outlook to challenge themselves that drives them to put more force and effort in their everyday life to learn more. As Dweck says no matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit (pg. 12) children with the growth mindset, success is about stretching themselves. It’s about becoming smarter. (pg. 18)
Relationships with growth minded individuals are usually driven by effort. A growth minded person believes that a relationship should be developed over time, they believe that qualities and beliefs can be changed in order to improve the relationship. People with the growth mindset can see their partner’s imperfections and still think they have a fine relationship (Dweck, p. 156). Growth mindset people believe that relationships require a lot of hard work and effort to keep it going steadily (Dweck, p. 158). Dweck explains that every relationship professional agrees on that relationships require working around spouse differences (pg. 149-150). Growth mindset individuals believe effort is crucial in all areas of their life, especially with accomplishing great feats.
Dweck explains the process of how Thomas Edison created the lightbulb in Mindset. He did not create it miraculously his first try, it took hours of effort (Dweck, p. 55-56). Edison’s mindset and drive set him apart from all the other inventors of the time, and these were both some of his strongest attributes that he used to be remembered in history (Dweck 2006, p. 56). In Marva Collins case, a inner city elementary teacher, her never ending effort allowed her to teach the worst readers in the school how to read and quote Shakespeare by the fifth grade (Dweck 2006, p. 64-65).
In all of these cases, the effort of the individuals is what allowed them to succeed. Understanding the benefits of having a growth mindset is extremely important in utilizing these thought processes. Assessing how you respond to everyday occurrences can help you decide if you truly have a growth mindset.
Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York, NY: Random House.