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Counselor's Corner » Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck earned her Ph.D. Social and Developmental Psychology from Yale University in 1972. She is currently the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor at Stanford University in the Psychology department. Dweck's main focus is in researching how motivation, personality, and development play a role in each of us. She has contributed to social psychology with her 2006 book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. According to Dweck, people can have a "fixed" mindset or a "growth" mindset when we think about doing things in life. 
 
Having a "fixed" mindset is someone who believes they cannot do something. This person may stop themselves from even trying because they are scared to fail.
Having a "growth" mindset is someone who believes they can do anything they set their mind to. Even though they fail at something, they will use that experience to learn to be better the next time.
 
At Kanoelani, we want to everyone, adults and children, to practice having a "growth" mindset in all that we do. By having a "growth" mindset, we can grow to be better individuals and in turn have a positive outlook on situations. Throughout the year, we play inspirational video clips to showcase individuals that we view as being successful or having a "growth" mindset. Some individuals we have showcased in the past were: Michael Jordan, J.K. Rowling, and Oprah Winfrey. Click on our videos link to view some of these pieces.