The New Psychology of Success

Book - 2008
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An authority in the fields of motivation and developmental psychology reveals how one's personal mindsets affect one's life, identifying two basic mindsets--the fixed and the growth.
Publisher: New York :, Ballentine Books,, [2008]
Edition: Ballentine Books Trade Paperback Edition
ISBN: 9780345472328
Branch Call Number: 153.8 DWE NVD
Characteristics: 277 pages
Alternative Title: New psychology of success


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Dec 29, 2017

This is the book for everyone who thinks (secretly or otherwise) they know it all--and are terrified that they don't. It explains so much about how we sabotage ourselves by thinking that intelligence and talent are inborn and immutable.

May 08, 2017

Amazing book, very well researched and inspiring. Outlines the difference between the fixed mindset (I am very smart and nobody should question that, and I better not try too much new stuff for fear of proving otherwise, and I shouldn't have to work to succeed because I'm so smart or talented, etc) and the growth mindset (I may have some talent but if I'm going to be successful at anything over the long haul, hard work will get me there). Dweck proves her theory with study after study from arts, sports, school - in fact from every angle.

Apr 20, 2017

Advice: Just read Chapter One. It doesn't really move on from there. Lots of anecdotes. Thought it would be better, from the fact it has so many "holds"!

Sep 25, 2015

This book is the longest sales pitch. Interesting theory, but she repeats the same concept over and over. Once you've read the first chapter, you've read the entire book.

bk_jamerican_gal Jun 04, 2015

This was a great book and it touches more than the tip of the iceberg regarding the growth mindset. I enjoyed and learned a lot about it. From reading this book, I see that I have both the fixed and growth mindsets, but more of the growth. I think putting your trust in a Higher power will always make you think outside of the box.

Mar 23, 2015

Very informally written with lots of anecdotes; does little in the way of guidance toward a growth mindset except to reiterate (with many rephrasings) "what can learn from this? how can I improve?"

Feb 24, 2015

Recommended by AKN for all sibs

itsparkles Jan 19, 2015

The premise of this book is as follows....people who believe in fixed mindset feel an urgency to succeed, and when they do, they may feel more than pride. They may feel a sense of superiority, since success means that their fixed traits are better than other people's. However lurking behind that self-esteem of the fixed mindset is a simple question: If you're somebody when you're successful, what are you when you're unsuccessful? Hard things are seen as a threat that may unmask flaws and turn them into a loser. Failure is transformed from an action (I failed) to an identity (I am a failure). The fixed mindset stands in the way of development and change.
If any of this rings true for you, this book will help you to overcome this self limiting perception and open you up to growth.

Nov 12, 2014

A very good book.

ksoles Aug 25, 2014

An expert in personal growth and self-esteem, psychologist Carol Dweck has studied human response to our own strengths and shortcomings for forty years. In "Mindset," her first book for a non-academic audience, she lucidly and engagingly shares some of her findings, shedding light on the sort of attitude that leads to success and the sort that leads to failure.

Some people, Dweck argues, have a “fixed mindset”: they view themselves and others as essentially static. Our strengths remain our strength and our weaknesses remain our weaknesses; we hone what works and avoid what doesn't. True, if everyone we know stays the same, becomes easy to navigate our social world. However, a fixed mindset makes change almost impossible; no point making an effort to improve if it will only prove futile. Additionally, for those with fixed mindsets, failure in an area of perceived strength seems catastrophic, attacking the core of the identity.

Alternatively, Dweck proposes adopting a “growth mindset”, a way of thinking that allows much more fluidity. This mindset loves learning, views challenge as opportunity and setbacks as chances to improve. People with the growth mindset see themselves and others as changeable and, like the proverbial tortoise, often overtake those whose initial “natural” talents seem to have put them ahead in the race.

Few would argue with Dweck’s central thesis: that changeability trumps locking yourself into a fixed identity. But many of us linger in the fixed mindset anyway and, when Dweck examines these paradoxical instances, her book reaches its height of persuasion. She discusses the likes of John McEnroe, Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez to reveal a world of tantrums, corporate disasters, demotivated students and even suicides. On the other hand, the examples she gives of growth-mindset individuals (expelled students, supposedly hopeless sports players and people in difficult relationships) result in almost impossible success.

This black-and-white division of the world does become one of the book’s shortcomings. Every so often she acknowledges that all of us waver to some extent but, generally, we lean one way or the other with little middle ground. After a while, the reader longs for shades of grey to break the book's rhythm. Dweck’s writing is clear but does adopt an almost maternal tone and tends to drag repetitively through similar points. But, ultimately, "Mindset" motivates those of us feeling set in our ways to adopt change.

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