Hey Emmanuelle, you are very welcome! I have actually been thinking of your article a lot the last few days, because I have been realizing how a fixed mindset has been limiting my life. For example, with any type of self-criticism or feelings of failure, I can choose a growth mindset (“I learned _” instead of “I’m a failure”).
In my case, I really always had a fixed mindset as a child and adult, for the usual reason — people always told me I was “so smart” so I would do anything to maintain that reputation. Thankfully I was actually very intelligent so I could get away with it, but my mood & confidence always suffered from the fixed mindset. I was always naturally pessimistic, because I didn’t believe things could change!
May I suggest another article along the lines of “How to become an optimist by creating a growth mindset?” :-)
There’s a lot of good stuff out there about the subject, but I think you would do a better job:
Growth Mindset: The Surprising Psychology of Self-Belief
Psychologist Carol Dweck's much-acclaimed book opens with a powerful question: What are the consequences of thinking…
Introduction to Psychology
Explain how different praise and mindsets can lead to different levels of performance Imagine that you are a parent and…
Optimism, Growth Mindset and Uncertainty
My essay on the philosophical connection between optimism, growth mindset and Karl Popper’s principle of falsification.
Is it Time for a Personal Growth Mindset?
In education circles, the phrase "growth mindset" is everywhere. According to Carol Dweck, those with a growth mindset…
Best wishes from the US!