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The Trouble With Bright Girls ~ Psychology Today

The Trouble With Bright Girls ~ Psychology Today | School Psychology Tech |

by Heidi Grant Halvoson, Ph.D.


"Researchers have uncovered the reason for this difference in how difficulty is interpreted, and it is simply this: more often than not, bright girls believe that their abilities are innate and unchangeable, while bright boys believe that they can develop ability through effort and practice. 


"How do girls and boys develop these different views? Most likely, it has to do with the kinds of feedback we get from parents and teachers as young children. Girls, who develop self-control earlier and are better able to follow instructions, are often praised for their "goodness." When we do well in school, we are told that we are "so smart," "so clever, " or " such a good student." This kind of praise implies that traits like smartness, cleverness, and goodness are qualities you either have or you don't.


"Boys, on the other hand, are a handful. Just trying to get boys to sit still and pay attention is a real challenge for any parent or teacher. As a result, boys are given a lot more feedback that emphasizes effort (e.g., "If you would just pay attention you could learn this," "If you would just try a little harder you could get it right.") The net result: When learning something new is truly difficult, girls take it as sign that they aren't "good" and "smart", and boys take it as a sign to pay attention and try harder."

Via Jim Lerman
AnnC's insight:

Socialization and messages play a part in how we think.

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Mindset Matters

Mindset Matters | School Psychology Tech |
You can have either a fixed or growth mindset according to Carol Dweck, Which mindset do you have?

Via Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey
ratzelster's curator insight, June 25, 2013 11:34 AM

We've all heard these terms.  I thought this diagram illustrates the main ideas and might be something you can save and use in future presentations.

Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:25 PM

Mindset makes a difference!

Stephen Gwilliam's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:49 AM

Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets - really interesting stuff!