Which of the following describes a growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed mindset?
A. Believing your talents, abilities, and intelligence can be developed in different ways.
B. By challenging yourself by persisting longer with problems helps to grow your mental muscle.
C. By learning and growing your brain helps performance in school.
D. All of the above
The correct answer is option A.
A growth mindset is believing your talents, abilities, and intelligence can be developed in different ways.
Dr. Carol Dweck has done in extensive research on the way people behave and believe their abilities. She came up with two different types of mindset which are following.
- Fixed mindset
- Growth mindset
When you believe that your abilities are inherently fixed and it will not change no matter how much effort you do to change it.
A person with a fixed mindset has a belief that if he is not good at something, it is because of his inborn abilities that cannot be changed. He believes that he has a certain amount of intelligence and talent, which is fixed. Therefore, he thinks that extra effort will only bring failure.
When you believe your abilities and talents can be improved with external efforts and action, it is a growth mindset.
A person with a growth mindset has a belief that if he works hard and puts the extra effort into something, it will improve his intelligence and abilities. Because with a growth mindset, he believes that those efforts are necessary to grow and master new skills.
In order to attain a growth mindset, a person needs to be willing to diversify his learning. Learning includes personal developments, not only schooling and graduating a degree. Because learning new skills and improving individual abilities can develop a growth mindset.