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Carol S. Dweck

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Carol S. Dweck

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Nonfiction, Self-Help

At a Glance

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is a self-help book designed to assist people in reaching their full potential by promoting their ability to change. According to author Carol S. Dweck, many people have a fixed mindset about their intelligence and skill sets. They view themselves (and others) as fully developed beings who cannot improve. A growth mindset is the opposite of a fixed mindset. People who operate with a growth mindset believe they can increase their intelligence and skill sets through learning. Mindset provides numerous examples of fixed and growth mindsets through anecdotes about high-powered business leaders, professional athletes, groundbreaking teachers, and everyday families. In each case, the growth mindset proves superior. In addition to real-life examples, Dweck offers suggestions for nurturing one's own growth mindset and the growth mindset of one's children. Her goal is to help people overcome the trappings of ego, the pursuit of perfection, and negative self-image so they can lead happier, more fulfilled lives.

About the Title

A mindset is a "state of mind or attitude." In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, author Carol S. Dweck examines the two overarching attitudes people have about their own ability to learn and grow. Some people have a fixed mindset, which means they believe their intelligence and abilities are already established and cannot be changed. On the other hand, people who have a growth mindset think it is possible to improve their intelligence and capabilities. Dweck hypothesizes that a person's mindset impacts their likelihood of personal and professional success.


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