Monday, May 15, 2017

Infographic: Growth Mindset v. Fixed Mindset

I found this in a post by Jackie Gerstein: Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash, and it comes from the GoBrain website by Carol Reiley (visit the site to see the full-sized version).

I'm personally not a big fan of talking about "fixed mindset" since that, even unintentionally, reinforces the idea that it is an either-or thing, as if people have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. My preference is instead to focus 100% on growth mindset attributes, helping people to see it as a continuum, so that everyone is always striving to apply growth mindset beliefs to different aspects of their lives: school, work, hobbies, relationships, etc.

But... it's handy to have a chart that does take this contrast approach, and I think this is one of my favorites among charts showing growth v. fixed.


Growth Mindset
intelligence can be developed
leads to a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to:
embrace challenges
persist in the face of setbacks
see effort as the path to mastery
learn from criticism
find lessons and inspiration in the success of others
reach ever-higher levels of achievement

Fixed Mindset
intelligence is static
leads to a desire to look smart and therefore a tendency to:
avoid challenges
give up easily
see effort as fruitless or worse
ignore useful negative feedback
feel threatened by success of others
may plateau early and achieve less than their full potential

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