Everyone’s favourite psychology theory isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

For decades, psychologists and educators have believed that a growth mindset can have a significant influence on the way a child performs academically. From the ethos of a primary school in Camden to a Nasa study in ‘engineering behaviour’, it has taken hold across the world, and across generations. But this dominant dogma, it turns out, may have been wildly overblown.

As the popular theory goes the way you handle failure can generally put you into one of two categories. If you believe your failure is a sign you will never be good at something, you have a fixed mindset. If you believe you must persevere and work harder in the face of failure, you have a growth mindset.

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