Dr. Carol S. Dweck, the author of “mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” believes there is good and bad praise.
Dr. Dweck writes, “Parents think they can hand children permanent confidence – like a gift – by praising their brains and talent. It doesn’t work, and in fact has the opposite effect. It makes children doubt themselves as soon as anything hard or anything goes wrong. If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing, is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy the effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence,” (pp. 176 & 177).
The intriguing writing captured and shared in the above paragraph is a brief introduction to a series of blogs titled “Mindset.” The book and blogs are more than information about good and bad praise; they are about two mindsets: fixed and growth.
The book is a great read, and the blogs give glimpses into the fascinating insights shared by Dr. Dweck.