- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Psychology Press; 1 edition (27 January 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841690244
- ISBN-13: 978-1841690247
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development (Essays in Social Psychology) Paperback – 27 Jan 2000
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I consider this research to be some of the most important in terms of learning, personal growth, coaching, and parenting. Everyone should read this book and think deeply about the implications.
My own kids, on the other hand... I have already seen one of my daughters gradually shifting from the entity theory to the growth theory. That has taken months of fairly steady conversations about how success comes mostly from efforts (controllable) rather than talents (uncontrollable). At least in her unprompted statements, I'm seeing progress. She's a lot more likely now to say, "I should practice violin more" rather than "I'm no good at violin." The understanding is there, even if the actual behavior is still lagging a bit. :-)