Brainology- my take on it

“No one succeeds in a big way without enormous amounts of dedication and effort.” Carol S. Dweck and her colleagues’ research have found a very basic belief about ourselves that basically controls every aspect of our lives.

This founded belief does take away some of our individual potential or the exact opposite: launches us further into our success. It helps shape our awareness of ourselves, our self-esteem, our creativity, our ability to deal with challenges, our adaptability to setbacks, our depression and our natural tendency to stereotype aspects of life.

These two mindsets represent the ends on either side of a spectrum. It is rather possible to be in the middle and lean in one area of life and in other areas in a different way. Dweck depicts them to be a simple compare or contrast to keep the research easy to follow, which definitely helped me compare my personal life. According to the article, your mindset can be different depending on the topic. For example, my views may be different for artistic intelligence versus a more scientific one. Since I favor the arts over the sciences, my mindset will be stronger and more positive towards art. Whatever mindset you have in a particular area will guide you in that area; personally, I go both ways.

If you have a fixed mindset you would say “smart people succeed”. So, in this case, if I succeed, I must be a smart person. If I pick the easier options,  then I have a higher chance of success. If I pick a hard problem, then I would be more likely to fail, and feel stupid. Now, if you have a growth mindset, you would say something like “People can get smarter and do so by stretching themselves and taking on challenges.” This mindset tells me to just go for the harder problems, if you fall down, you get back up. Simple. To connect these mindsets to my grade school days, my mindset overall was leaning towards a more fixed mindset. I was terrified of failure in almost every aspect, so I kept quiet and observed. Because of my mindset, I was setback in my grade school career. There was very little exception in my strong belief. Your mindset is the view you adopt of yourself.

Students with different mindsets tend to have different Setbacks. However, these setbacks play a crucial role in our  lives. You can’t succeed if you don’t have a few setbacks.How could you grow and be the best version of you if you never had to deal with rejection or failure? The more you work at something, accepting the mistakes in the process, the more knowledge you will get.

So the question is, How do students learn these mindsets?

Their mindset has an influence on crucial decision making. I also can attest to that statement, my mindset still influences my choices. If  I have to take a math class, I am almost immediately thinking in a more negative manner, leading me to an unsuccessful path. But if I’m taking that class with a good friend, my mindset would change and become positive, pushing me more towards the growth mindset.

The article discusses that there is a chance that the praises are causing fixed-mindsets. The praising meant to influence the child for the better is actually doing the opposite of what a parent might want.  If you are continuously praising, then their mindset would make them believe that challenging yourself is not the most necessary thing since you are already intelligent. This leads to the the person having the chance of not pushing further. By praising the child, they can potentially believe that being the most intelligent is what is best. In my opinion, It doesn’t help that our society tends to value talent. If we praise someone solely on “talent”,what happens to the kid who hasn’t found his “talent”? How could any student be motivated if they haven’t found a talent in themselves? If they think they do not have talent or “a gift” then they are more likely to have a fixed mindset.

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