The process of remaining resilient in the midst of tough times is a complex process of coping that relies on a number of factors such as optimism, social support, and problem-centered coping. One factor identified relatively recently is a growth mindset - the belief that we can grow and learn in the midst of failure.
The concept of a growth mindset was identified by Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University who has focused much of her research on motivation and success. In a 2014 Ted Talk video, Dweck discusses her research on mindsets among children and the dramatic improvements in school performance they achieved when a growth mindset was taught and reinforced.
Growth mindsets enable people to persevere when faced with challenges or failure whereas fixed mindsets often contribute to people giving up when the going gets tough. She argues that parents can help create growth mindsets in kids by recognize their ability to learn and persevere when faced with tough challenges. This is a big shift from past theories about the importance of only recognizing talent, intelligence, or outcomes.
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Ted Talk: Carol Dweck