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Epigenetics and Mindset

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Do you tend to think that your health was predetermined by the genes you inherited from your parents? Think again. Discoveries in the field of epigenetics are showing that we have a huge amount of influence on our genetic expression when it comes to health, well-being, and disease prevention. 

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Growth mindset for a more empathetic and collaborative world

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Emerging growth mindset research is generating new insights about human relationships.   To what extent do we believe that human characteristics, other than abilities –such as being kind, joyful, smart, courageous or cooperative– are fixed versus changeable? Can each of those qualities be developed, or are they innate? Our answers deeply affect our perceptions and behaviors, which in turn affect the quality of our relationships and our collaboration with others.

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Chad Lower
Improving the world requires all of us to strengthen our understanding that all people and groups can change and to continuously t... Read More
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:51
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What’s Your Mindset? Who’d want just one?

What’s Your Mindset? Who’d want just one?

James is our colleague in Australia and this post was originally on his blog in June 2016.

Sometimes I'm asked, "James, what's your mindset? And I'm inclined to reply "Which one? I've got lots of them." But that's only partly true.

In Carol Dweck's research she often talks about a person's mindset, and it's easy to be misled into believing that people have just one. But that's not true. The research only reads that way because it's usually talking about a person's mindset in a particular context. In different contexts, we can have a completely different mindset.

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My mindset is mixed. I have to admit that it leans more to the fixed side than growth side. Interesting enough, I want my studen... Read More
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 13:16
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Is Mindset Culture Shift Possible for Adults?

Is Mindset Culture Shift Possible for Adults?

This post was originally published on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Blog, The Spark (4.29.2016)

If you have had the pleasure of hearing Carol Dweck speak in the past few months, you will have heard what we have learned in recent years about cultivating a growth mindset in ourselves and in others. One of her slides that really resonated with the audience at the Learning and the Brain conference in San Francisco suggested that adults talk the talk, but don't walk the walk. On a stick figure graphic, a disembodied head is traveling in the opposite direction from its body. And this is a major issue: adults forget that we can't effectively cultivate or influence a growth mindset in others unless we are cultivating one in ourselves. We have to take the journey, walking in the same direction that we are talking.

This couldn't be truer for leaders. Leaders (whether that be by title or merely by influence) can influence the mindsets of other adults. No, you can't change another person. However, you can have great influence over others.

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nitika gupta
excellent article, thanks for sharing it
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 17:45
Imen Berrouaine
Very Interesting indeed! Another question may arise, along with the online intervention of brainology is it possible to implement... Read More
Sunday, 31 July 2016 10:59
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Why Is It That Some People Don’t Tend to Change?

Why Is It That Some People Don’t Tend to Change?

Helping People Tip Toward a Growth Mindset

It is really exciting to learn about the concept of a growth mindset at first; it makes so much sense! "Yes! When we believe we can improve, we take action to do so, and we get smarter - we change. It's so simple!"

Except it isn't. At some point, we find ourselves thinking, but wait a minute. If it's this simple, why is it that I know so many people who do not change at all? And how come, even when we share growth mindset concepts with some people, it does not seem to make any difference? What is going on here?

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Ironically, I was talking with my wife about something very similar today at lunch. I asked her if she wanted me to pour her some ... Read More
Thursday, 28 April 2016 01:45
Cathie Cottle
A great read. Lately I have found myself wondering how many teachers are dropping the ball when it comes to growth mindset, relyin... Read More
Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:03
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