When it comes to “mindset” Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology, states that people have either a fixed or a growth mindset and states that:
- With a fixed mindset, one believes their qualities and abilities are fixed and therefore cannot change even with practice.
- With a growth mindset, one believes their qualities and abilities will continue to change with time, effort and experience.
The term “Growth Mindset” is used frequently when talking about children and youth pertaining to education, however, it is not just for kids. As clinicians who work with people of all ages who have sustained life-altering injuries, we often come across fixed mindsets and work to help clients reframe their thoughts and form goals based on a growth mindset. Learn more about growth mindset in this TedTalk featuring Carol Dweck.