Mindsets and human nature: promoting change in the Middle East, the schoolyard, the racial divide, and willpower.

@article{Dweck2012MindsetsAH,
  title={Mindsets and human nature: promoting change in the Middle East, the schoolyard, the racial divide, and willpower.},
  author={Carol S. Dweck},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2012},
  volume={67 8},
  pages={
          614-22
        }
}
Debates about human nature often revolve around what is built in. However, the hallmark of human nature is how much of a person's identity is not built in; rather, it is humans' great capacity to adapt, change, and grow. This nature versus nurture debate matters-not only to students of human nature-but to everyone. It matters whether people believe that their core qualities are fixed by nature (an entity theory, or fixed mindset) or whether they believe that their qualities can be developed (an… CONTINUE READING
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