Implicit Theories of Interest: Finding Your Passion or Developing It?

  title={Implicit Theories of Interest: Finding Your Passion or Developing It?},
  author={Paul A. O’Keefe and C S Dweck and Gregory M. Walton},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1653 - 1664}
People are often told to find their passion, as though passions and interests are preformed and must simply be discovered. This idea, however, has hidden motivational implications. Five studies examined implicit theories of interest—the idea that personal interests are relatively fixed (fixed theory) or developed (growth theory). Whether assessed or experimentally induced, a fixed theory was more likely to dampen interest in areas outside people’s existing interests (Studies 1–3). Individuals… 

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