Many psychologists have been researching over the past years on the topic of mindset, and how it contributes to why some people achieve their full potential and others don’t. So first of all, we need to learn a bit more on the topic at hand, mindset theory. According to the article, “The Effort Effect” by Marina Krakovsky, “...’learning goals’ inspire a different chain of thoughts and behaviors than ‘performance goals’” (11), and analyzing this, it is true in the real world because we’ve seen people with these different types of goals, and they truly do inspire different behaviors. We as a team firmly believe anything can be learned if tried hard enough, which is characteristic of a growth mindset. On the other hand, some people believe that you are only born with potential, and if you don’t have it when you’re born, you never will, which is typically a fixed mindset quality. From the same article is as follows, “In the late 1960s, a hot topic in animal research was “learned helplessness”: lab animals sometimes didn’t do what they were capable of because they’d given up from repeat failures”(5). Comparing this to what we found out before, the past had different thoughts on what caused people or animals to give up while others proceeded no matter the amount of failures. This leads into how these ideas changed over time and what they have contributed to.
Mindset theory has truly changed over the years and helped contribute to our society. As you can clearly see, what we have learned and known about mindset has changed. Relating back to our research before, in the 1960s, we thought that living things gave up in the face of setbacks while other equally talented ones didn’t due to repeated failures. Nowadays, we know that the reason some kids don’t reach their full potential is due to their certain mindsets. Now moving on to the contributions of what we now know about mindset. Due to our knowledge about mindset, kids these days, and mostly anyone at all, can learn how to succeed by simply changing their mindset. Parents and teachers know to congratulate children on simply doing their best instead of when meeting a certain standard. Plus it helps the whole world to try a bit harder to help them achieve what they can. But how can we tell all this in a simple manner by using some sort of visual representation?
A computer/laptop is the perfect visual representation of mindset theory, able to show both a fixed and growth mindset. The reasons we believe this are quite simple. First and foremost, a simple computer is a perfect example of a fixed mindset. Once a computer is made, it cannot learn anything new. You can program it to do many things, but it still will not develop anything new. Though if you update it, it can! This is also a perfect example of a growth mindset. Updates help make a computer perform new things but take lots of time to complete. This is similar to a growth mindset since we can also learn many new things, but it will take time and practice to complete the new skill. Overall, mindset is a very deep subject and can be compared to many things. It can be found in mostly everyone’s thinking process and is such an important thing to know about. Contributions of what we have learned over time about it have helped people of all ages. This concludes our sayings about this whole subject. We sincerely hope you take into account all of this and use it in your life!