Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Choosing a Mindset: Carol Dweck's Writing Strategies 11th Grade

Carol S. Dweck is an inspiring author who examines how the significance of an attitude can determine one’s outlook on life through her book, Mindset. The psychological analysis of how a mindset can influence people of all ages in any circumstance reveals to readers the choice one has in dealing with and learning from situations. The growth mindset, as Dweck explains, allows growth and development while its counterpart, the fixed mindset, feeds on judgment and ability. Her research with the two mindsets allows readers to recognize the growth or fixed mindset within themselves and make decisions based on her analysis of the two. Dweck acknowledges the difficulty she undertook writing her book, Mindset, but her thorough examination and application of the mindsets and her friendly and relatable syntax allowed Dweck to motivate readers to pursue the growth mindset effectively.

Dweck’s credibility is established mainly by her profession in psychology, yet her persuasive skills show that she has authority in writing as well. As a Ph.D. professor at Columbia University, she gains credibility in her topic but she points out how writing seemed to be a challenge for her at first. In fact, the first sentence in the introduction reads, “One...

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