All About Your Mindset

All About Your Mindset

Late in my graduate school career I was assigned a book for a class about learning theories: Mindset by Carol Dweck. I wish I read it years ago because it helped approach life in a whole new way. Dr. Dweck is a psychologist at Stanford University who has dedicated most of her research to the study of motivation.

She has identified two mindsets:

  1. Fixed mindset – Those with a fixed mindset believe intelligence is a fixed aspect of themselves, avoid challenges and give up easily. They are often threatened by the success of others.
  2. Growth mindset is some who believes that through effort and persistence intelligence can be developed, mastery can be obtained, and find inspiration and motivation in the success of others.

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The good news is a fixed mindset can be changed. It is best to start at an early age, so I encourage parents and teachers teach their children growth mindsets. The best way to switch your mindset to a growth mindset is to:

  1. Recognize you are in a growth mindset and acknowledge that negative voice.
  2. Recognize that you don’t have to listen to it.
  3. Challenge it!
  4. Do your growth action!

These are principles that can be address in counseling, often through cognitive behavioral therapy. If you are interested in learning more about changing your fixed mindset, contact Cy-Hope Counseling to schedule a session.

Written by: Kristina Zufall, M.Ed. LPC-Intern