Change your mind to grow
These growth mindset tactics will help you recover faster from a setback and improve your ability to take criticism.By Mayo Clinic Staff
Can you change the way you think about yourself and your mindset? Or improve how you feel just by altering your thoughts?
Turns out... yes.
Your brain is malleable and constantly adjusting. This (thankfully) gives you the ability to learn and adapt throughout life. But, sometimes, your thought patterns get the better of you.
The fixed mindset
Throughout life, people have probably commented on your abilities — a parent saying you're smart, a teacher recognizing you were good at math, a boss calling you a hard worker.
Over time, these messages can "fix" how you see yourself. People call you smart, so you must be. Eventually, this view of yourself will slam into life's inevitable failures or criticisms. What happens then?
The fixed mind interprets common setbacks and mistakes as a personal shortcoming or lack of ability. This results in:
- Negative emotions
- Blaming of others
- Quickness to give up
- Avoidance of challenges in the future
Fortunately, your mindset doesn't have to be fixed for life.
March 06, 2018
See more In-depth
- Schroder HS, et al. Mindset induction effects on cognitive control: A neurobehavioral investigation. Biological Psychology. 2014;103:27.
- Klein J, et al. A growth mindset approach to preparing trainees for medical error. BMJ Quality & Safety. 2017;26:771.
- Rattan A, et al. Leveraging mindsets to promote academic achievement: Policy recommendations. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 2015;10:721.
- Chao MM, et al. Do rewards reinforce the growth mindset? Joint effects of the growth mindset and incentive schemes in a field intervention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2017;146:1402.
- Claro S, et al. Growth mindset tempers the effects of poverty on academic achievement. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2016;113:1.
- Yeager DS, et al. Using design thinking to improve psychological interventions: The case of the growth mindset during the transition to high school. Journal of Educational Psychology. 2016;108:374.