Do you think you're born with a certain, unchangeable amount of talent, or do you think you develop your talents? Believe it or not, how you answer that question says a lot about you. And it can reveal how likely you are to succeed in life.
Many psychologists and mental health practitioners believe each of us has one of two mindsets: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. What's the difference, and what does your mindset mean? Here are some answers.
Originally developed by Carol Dweck, PhD, the concept of a fixed versus a growth mindset comes down to how we see ourselves and approach the world.1 If you see your talents and attributes as inherently unchangeable, you have a fixed mindset and are likely to approach the world with negativity and trepidation. If you see your talents and attributes as aspects you can develop, you have a growth mindset and are likely to approach the world with positivity and enthusiasm. This basic way of seeing ourselves can dramatically affect how we tackle challenges, handle failure, and progress through life. In many ways, our mindset is the most important—and noticeable—part of our personality.
Obviously, a growth mindset can put you in a much better position to succeed than can a fixed mindset. But if you have a fixed mindset, can you change? The answer is: Absolutely. It's all about shifting how you perceive your ability to change and learn. If you think you have a fixed mindset that's holding you back, you should try to:
If you're interested in how we form and change our personality, you can gain plenty of new knowledge by earning a degree in psychology. In particular, a master's in psychology can be a great way to learn how the workings of our mind affects how we see ourselves and approach the world. And there's a lot you can do with this knowledge. There are so many careers in psychology, from helping others embrace a growth mindset to conducting research to leading teams in every type of industry.
Whether you were a psychology major or received an unrelated undergraduate degree, you can qualify for a master's in psychology program. And you don't have to give up your job or move to earn your advanced psychology degree. Thanks to online learning, you can earn your master's degree in psychology from home and on a schedule that allows you to keep working full time. In fact, with a growth mindset, you may be able to complete an online master's in psychology program faster than you could complete a traditional psychology master's program.
If you want to learn more about personality and start or advance your career in psychology, an online master's program in psychology can put you in position to reach your goals.
Walden University is an accredited institution offering an online MS in Psychology degree program. Expand your career options and earn your degree using a convenient, flexible learning platform that fits your busy life.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.