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Fixed Mindset

What's in the Way of Your Freedom

Mary Morrissey | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Morrissey

The real truth is no one is actually contained by anything. As a species, mankind is not limited by anything other than personal thoughts and beliefs. No one's life is pre-determined by history, childhood, family, or economics.

How To Criticize Your Kids Without Ruining Their Self-Esteem

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

The best praise is focused on a child's effort, not the child's traits, as I wrote in "Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Give Up." The same is true of criticism.

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Kids with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you're born with. When they fail, these kids feel trapped. They start thinking they must not be as talented or smart as everyone's been telling them. They avoid challenges, fearful that they won't look smart.

Engineers Are Not Smart

Vicki May | Posted 09.21.2014 | College
Vicki May

Of course I want 'smart' students in my classes but not necessarily the ones who can memorize facts, pass tests, and regurgitate information. I want students who are willing to think critically, try new things, fail and learn from their mistakes.

Stop Saying, 'You're So Smart!' 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids

Renee Jain | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

Here's the thing: Kids develop immunity to praise. They require higher and higher doses of it to be satiated. And as soon as parents and teachers remove the dangling carrot, children can lose interest in their activity.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: On Being Teachable

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
Stephanie Vanderslice

As teachers, we must work hard to cultivate the growth mindset in our students, to see their writing as continually "in-process," rather than finished products.

Be Influential, Holding Diverse Teams Together

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Kare Anderson

The most powerful leaders in a connected, complex world may well be the ones who can recruit the right team fastest to solve a problem or capture an opportunity. Why not be one of those sought-after leaders?

WATCH: This Psychology Concept Could Revolutionize How We Raise Children - And Fix The Middle East

Posted 08.02.2013 | Healthy Living

HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin used to tell his niece -- as any doting uncle is inclined to do -- how smart she was. According to Carol Dweck, ...

Are Our Children Overpraised?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Children need praise. We all do. From early in life, children look to us for praise and approval, and to share moments of pride.

Confident Parenting: Learning to Have Faith

Rachel Simmons | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Rachel Simmons

I had a baby, my first, earlier this year. After over a decade of telling parents how to raise their girls, I'm now tasked with raising my own. I have no doubt I'll take back some of what I said from a childless perch -- and hopefully feel gratified about the rest.