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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Updated Edition

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Carol S. Dweck p. cm

How We Can Learn to FulFil Our Potential

Belief and doubt. 2. Success—Psychological aspects.


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Book Details
 Price
 3.00
 Pages
 283 p
 File Size 
 3,054 KB
 File Type
 PDF format
 ISBN
 978-1-4000-6275-1
 978-1-58836523-1 (ebk) 
 Copyright©   
 2006, 2016
 by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. 

About the Author
CAROL S. DWECK, PH.D., is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers
in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology. She is the
Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, has been
elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of
Sciences, and has won nine lifetime achievement awards for her research. She addressed
the United Nations on the eve of their new global development plan and has advised
governments on educational and economic policies. Her work has been featured in almost
every major national publication, and she has appeared on Today, Good Morning America,
and 20/20. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.


Introduction
One day, my students sat me down and ordered me to write this book. They
wanted people to be able to use our work to make their lives better. It was
something I’d wanted to do for a long time, but it became my number one priority.

My work is part of a tradition in psychology that shows the power of people’s
beliefs. These may be beliefs we’re aware of or unaware of, but they strongly
affect what we want and whether we succeed in getting it. This tradition also
shows how changing people’s beliefs—even the simplest beliefs—can have
profound effects.

In this book, you’ll learn how a simple belief about yourself—a belief we
discovered in our research—guides a large part of your life. In fact, it permeates
every part of your life. Much of what you think of as your personality actually
grows out of this “mindset.” Much of what may be preventing you from
fulfilling your potential grows out of it.

No book has ever explained this mindset and shown people how to make use
of it in their lives. You’ll suddenly understand the greats—in the sciences and
arts, in sports, and in business—and the would-have-beens. You’ll understand
your mate, your boss, your friends, your kids. You’ll see how to unleash your
potential—and your children’s.

It is my privilege to share my findings with you. Besides accounts of people
from my research, I’ve filled each chapter with stories both ripped from the
headlines and based on my own life and experience, so you can see the mindsets
in action. (In most cases, names and personal information have been changed to
preserve anonymity; in some cases, several people have been condensed into one
to make a clearer point. A number of the exchanges are re-created from memory,
and I have rendered them to the best of my ability.) At the end of each chapter
and throughout the last chapter, I show you ways to apply the lessons—ways to
recognize the mindset that is guiding your life, to understand how it works, and
to change it if you wish.

A little note about grammar. I know it and I love it, but I haven’t always
followed it in this book. I start sentences with ands and buts. I end sentences
with prepositions. I use the plural they in contexts that require the singular he or
she. I’ve done this for informality and immediacy, and I hope that the sticklers
will forgive me.

A little note on this updated edition. I felt it was important to add new
information to some of the chapters. I added our new study on organizational
mindsets to chapter 5 (Business). Yes, a whole organization can have a mindset!
I added a new section on “false growth mindset” to chapter 7 (Parents, Teachers,
and Coaches) after I learned about the many creative ways people were
interpreting and implementing the growth mindset, not always accurately. And I
added “The Journey to a (True) Growth Mindset” to chapter 8 (Changing
Mindsets) because many people have asked for more information on how to take
that journey. I hope these updates are helpful.

I’d like to take this chance to thank all of the people who made my research
and this book possible. My students have made my research career a complete
joy. I hope they’ve learned as much from me as I’ve learned from them. I’d also
like to thank the organizations that supported our research: the William T. Grant
Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the
National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development, the Spencer Foundation, and the Raikes Foundation.

The people at Random House have been the most encouraging team I could
wish for: Webster Younce, Daniel Menaker, Tom Perry, and, most of all,
Caroline Sutton and Jennifer Hershey, my editors. Your excitement about my
book and your great suggestions have made all the difference. I thank my superb
agent, Giles Anderson, as well as Heidi Grant for putting me in touch with him.
Thanks to all the people who gave me input and feedback, but special thanks
to Polly Shulman, Richard Dweck, and Maryann Peshkin for their extensive and
insightful comments. Finally, I thank my husband, David, for the love and
enthusiasm that give my life an extra dimension. His support throughout this
project was extraordinary.

My work has been about growth, and it has helped foster my own growth. It is
my wish that it will do the same for you.

Table of Contents

Cover
Title Page
Copyright
Introduction

Chapter 1: The Mindsets
Chapter 2: Inside the Mindsets
Chapter 3: The Truth About Ability and Accomplishment
Chapter 4: Sports: The Mindset of a Champion
Chapter 5: Business: Mindset and Leadership
Chapter 6: Relationships: Mindsets in Love (or Not)
Chapter 7: Parents, Teachers, and Coaches: Where Do Mindsets Come From?
Chapter 8: Changing Mindsets

Notes
Recommended Books
About the Author

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The growth mindset is based on the belief in change, and the most gratifying part
of my work is watching people change. Nothing is better than seeing people find
their way to things they value. This chapter is about kids and adults who found
their way to using their abilities. And about how all of us can do that.

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