Apply it! Exercises

Fixed versus Growth Mindsets
Ray B. Williams
1. Could an entity versus an incrementalist view of intelligence influence a girl’s tendency to experience stereotype threat when taking a math test? Explain which theory of intelligence would be more likely to lead to stereotype threat and why.
2. Could Carol Dweck’s distinction between an entity and incrementalist view of intelligence be applied to beliefs about other traits? For example, what would be the implications of a person having an entity versus an incremental view of optimism and happiness?

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