Useless Blogging

March 15, 2007

The Effort Effect

Filed under: Family,Philosophy,Thoughts,Work — steegness @ 2:37 pm

From the minds of Stanford: a thirty-year study on static and dynamic mindsets.

Read over the link, and then come back. I’ll wait.

Done? Good. Now, for those with kids, think about your kids. For everyone, think about your co-workers. Can you see where they fit in relation to this study?

Emma seems to be a pretty classic case of stasis. My mom says I was too, but I don’t think I was, certainly not to the extent that Emma is. Emma complains of boredom, and then shuns every suggestion given to her since she can’t excel at it. I don’t remember being that bored. 🙂

Sara’s a different nugget to crack with regards to this study. I’ll have to think a bit more about her (though commenters who know her are welcome to jump in with thoughts).

Deep, deep thoughts.

2 Responses to “The Effort Effect”

  1. Junima Says:

    I remember that you didn’t LIKE to do things you felt you weren’t good at, but you also were determined, most of the time, to WANT to get good at whatever it was. Ergo, you rarely gave up on a challenge. You learned the rules, but if they didn’t work, found ways to circumvent the rules to achieve the desired result. That ability has held you in good stead as you’ve faced other challenges–and your natural inquisitiveness has covered the rest. Emma, on the other hand, is very smart, but can be lazy when it comes to reaching out of her comfort zone. She will, if the end result is something her heart desires, but to do it just to DO it rarely happens. Might be nature vs nurture, or just a personality thing. Also, in her past, she got in BIIIG trouble for acting without thinking, and now, perhaps she finds herself overthinking!

    Sara is a different nut to crack, for sure. I think, though, as she progresses, she will likely be showing a more dynamic mindset. She is relating more and more to her surrounding, and the people who inhabit her world. With Sara, I foresee the possibility of having to teach her to inhibit herself a bit, as she interacts more completely outside the world of autism. She’s going to have to work hard to get where she wants to be, but I feel she’ll take each victory as a stepping stone to move upward (even if she doesn’t recognize the victory itself).

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