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Research,  June 05, 2007

The Effort Effect: Overcoming "Learned Helplessness"

"In Stanford Magazine, Marina Krakovsky describes psychology professor Carol Dweck’s work on achievement motivation. Originally fascinated in graduate school by the research on "learned helplessness", Dweck and others observed that people who believe intelligence is fixed do not achieve as well as those who believe intelligence is malleable. What fascinated them most was children who put forth lots of effort and didn't make negative attributions when they failed. This approach contrasts with the born-smart, performance-oriented belief system. Children in this camp, even if they're very good at things, tend to crumble when they encounter frustration and failure. They see each task as a challenge to their self-image, and each setback as a personal threat. They tend to pursue only challenges they think they can ace and avoid risks and other growth experiences. Long term, the belief that ability is fixed undermines effort and stunts achievement."

URL: http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/2007/marapr/features/dweck.html
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Posted by wrivenburgh on June 05, 2007 | Research
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