Professor Murmann's Blog: Carol Dweck: Differences between Growth and Fixed Mindsets

Carol Dweck: Differences between Growth and Fixed Mindsets

Carol Dweck has spent her career studying how personality traits impact life outcomes. Here is it summarized into one chart.

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Attributes of a Fixed Mindset

Intelligence here is static, and leads to a desire to look smart, and therefore a tendency to:

Avoid challenges
Give up easily
Sees effort as fruitless
Ignores useful feedback
Feels threatened by the success of others


Attributes of a Growth Mindset

This person believes intelligence can be developed, and leads to a desire to learn and a tendency to:

Embrace challenges
Persist in the face of setbacks
Sees effort as the path to mastery
Learns from criticism
Finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others.