Tips to help children adopt growth thinking.

Parents and education workers can teach children to change their way of thinking and see more potential in themselves and others.

Some people are just jerks, and they can’t do a lot of things.

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? If your answer is yes, you might consider the following: research shows that the ability to believe in human change is linked to reduced depression, improved health and greater success.

This is the “growth mindset” pioneered by Stanford researcher Carol Dweck. This is contrary to the “fixed mindset” that people are born good or bad, good or bad, and people don’t change too much.

According to the study, when we practice growth thinking, the obstacles we face seem to be more insurmountable. It is vital to realize that we are not helpless. We can grow and adapt. However, just as important as seeing yourself as a growth power is that people who believe in challenging us can change. This view frees up some of the pressure we may feel and helps us think more about challenges than threats.

But we shouldn’t just trust the ability of others to change for their own sake. When we see the possibilities of others, we are the ones who win the most. For example, a recent study found that those who know bullying thinking mode of the growth of teenagers, the bullies may change, no one in the invaders or victims of teenagers, more resilient to social pressure. For example, even if they are ignored or ashamed, they are not overwhelmed or stressed out. Seven months later, they even got better grades.

This is a fairly simple suggestion, and you may have believed it. But if you are a parent or educator, the challenge is to help children see their strengths and how they apply to life and relationships. Here are some tips to help children turn their fixed thinking into growth.

How to explain social benefits?

Despite the abuse in school psychology research has some controversial, but a growing body of research suggests that foster growth thinking (also known as “progressive personality theory”) to help students to better manage social challenges.

Improvement of peer relations: the possibility to change the simple beliefs may have a big impact on our thinking – may make us in peer conflict and peer rejection, through the feeling of anxiety and failure actually see our way. Research also suggests that believing in personality can change the behavior of aggression and retaliation.

Compassion: growing up can lead to more empathy – especially when it comes to challenges. In life if we are trying to understand the so-called “bastard”, we may say to yourself: “this person may be through a tough time right now, but as time goes on, she is likely to change their behavior.

Cooperation: finally, if we believe that personality is malleable, the situation can be changed, and we can apply this idea to the group. The simple idea of who is being taught in Israel and the Palestinian youth can also change the model and strengthen the joint construction task. They showed more positive emotions and established much higher levels of research than those in the control group.

“The ability to believe in human change is linked to reduced depression, improved health and greater achievement.”

Although the basic information of the above seem to produce a wide range of the social benefit, but the researchers warned us, when we share information about the growth way of thinking, not the default simplistic “talent can change” cliche. It doesn’t work to put all the burdens on the bullied or unfair situation. When we deal with bullying and victimization, bullying and bystanders have to be part of the conversation – and solutions.

Three ways to teach growth thinking.

Many growth thinking studies are characterized by short reading and writing activities. Participants learn about our human development potential, apply their learning, and share it with others. If you want to recreate a similar learning experience in your home or classroom, see the following.

Talk about bullying and social exclusion: why bullying? Victims are always victims? What qualities do bullying and victims share? Can bullying or victim change? The goal here is to challenge the views of blacks and whites on “bullies” and “victims”. Exploring these issues can help us realize that neither the bully nor the victim has a fundamental flaw or destiny and remains in his or her role forever.

Explore growth and fixed mindset: with the help of these two video, you can introduce the concept of neuroplasticity and what it means to keep growing and thinking. The audience should begin to understand how to believe that people’s abilities and qualities will change, making us more positive and optimistic about solving problems. So, you can apply these concepts to the idea of bullying: can bullying and victims grow and change? How can we change the stereotypes we have about them – he’s a bad guy, nobody likes me – more flexible?

Strengthen learning through teaching: research shows that learning and understanding can be significantly improved when you teach you what you are learning. Invite older children or teenagers to develop several skills and discussions about growth thinking. Then find a time to share these key ideas with young children (or siblings).

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