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The Book Review of Mindset

The Book Review of Mindset

Recently I have settled in Japan and I have faced with difficulties dealing with Japan's culture and lifestyle. I brought this book here and it helped me to change my mindset and made me  feel easier to live in Japan. This book is written by world renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck and originally published in 2007. 

Chapter 1: Mindset 

Mindset is the one of the reasons why people differ from each other. There are two kinds of mindset including fixed and growth mindset. Let me grab one example from book for understanding the differences between them.

One day, you go to a class that is really important to you and that you like a lot. The professor returns the midterm papers to the class. You got a C+. You're very disappointed. That evening on the way back to your home, you find that you've gotten a parking ticket. Being really frustrated, you call yourr best friend to share your experience but are sort of brushed off. 

What would you think? What would you feel? What would you do? 

People with fixed mindset: I'd feel like a reject. I'm total failure. I'm an idiot. I'm a loser. I'd feel worthless and dumb- everyones better than me. 

People with growth mindset: I intentionally made the grade C+, not an F. It was midterm rather than final exam. It was parking ticket not a car wreck. Nothing cathastrophic or irreversible happened.

And people with growth mindset set would think that I need to try harder in class, be more careful when parking the car and wonder if my friend had a bad day. 

Grow your mindset 

Which mindset do you have? Answer these questions about intelligence. Read each statement and decide whether you mostly agree with it or disagree with it. 

1. Your inteeligence is something very basic about you that you can't change very much. 

2. You can learn new things, but you can't really change how intelligent you are.

3. No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit.

4. You can always substantially change how intelligent you are. 

Question 1 and 2 are the fixed mindset question. Questions 3 and 4 reflect the growth mindset. Which mindset did you agree with more? You can be a mixture, but most people lean toward one or the other. 

You also have beliefs about other abilities. You could substitute "artistic talent". "sports ability",  or "business skill" for intelligence." Try it. 

It's not only your abilities; it's your personal qualities too. 

1. You are certain knd of person, and there is not much that can be done to really change that.

2. No matter what kind of person you are, you can always change sustainability. 

3. You can do things differently, but the important parts of who you are can't really be changed.

4. You can always change basic things about the kind of person you are.

Q1 and Q3 are ficed mindset questions. Q2 and Q4 are growth mindset questions. 

Think about people who have fixed and growth mindset. How they reflect to any problem or difficult situation. Try to distinguish and compare them. 

At the end You can change your mindset! 

To be continued...