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Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Graduate, Nigeria.

Parents and educators can teach kids to change their fixed mindsets and see more potential in themselves and other people,

Some people are just jerks, and not much can be done to change them.
Do you agree with this statement? If your answer is yes, here’s something you might consider:
Research suggests that believing in the human capacity to change is linked to less depression, better health, and greater achievement, According to this research, when we practice a growth mindset, the obstacles we’re facing seem more surmountable. It’s crucial for us to realize that we are not helpless; we can grow and adapt. Just as important as seeing ourselves as capable of growth, however, is the belief that someone who is challenging us can change, too.

This perspective releases some of the pressure we might feel, and helps us to think more in terms of challenges than threats.

We shouldn’t only believe in the ability of other people to change for
their benefit , however. We are the ones who stand the most to gain when we see possibilities in others. For example, one recent study found that teens who learned about the growth mindset in relation to bullying—hearing that bullies could change, and no one was stuck as an aggressor or victim—were more resilient to social stress. Even when they got ignored or felt shy, for example, they didn’t become overwhelmed or physically stressed out. Seven months later, they were even getting better grades .

That’s a fairly easy idea to suggest, and perhaps you already believe in it. But if you’re a parent or educator, the challenge lies in helping kids to see the advantages and the ways that it can be applied to their lives and relationships.
Here are some tips for helping kids turn a fixed mindset into a growth one.

1.Improved peer relationships: A simple belief in the possibility of change may have a powerful effect on our thinking—potentially freeing us to actually see our way through anxiety and a sense of failure in the midst of peer conflict and peer exclusion . Research also indicates that believing personalities can change can lower
aggression and retaliatory behavior .

2. Empathy: A growth mindset can prompt us to put in the effort to
empathize more—particularly when it’s challenging. If we are struggling to understand that so-called “jerk” in our lives, we might be able to say to ourselves , “This person may be having a rough time right now, but she may change her behavior over time.”

3.Cooperation: Finally , if we believe that personalities are malleable and situations can change , we can also apply this thinking to groups. Israeli and Palestinian teens who were taught the simple idea that groups of people can also change demonstrated increased cooperation in a joint tower -building task. They showed more positive emotions and built a much higher tower than the control group participants in the study.
Note: Believing in the human capacity to change is linked to less depression, better health, and greater achievement.”

?Amy L. Eva
Ways to teach mindset growth
Talk about bullying and social exclusion: Why do bullies bully? Are victims always victims? What traits do bullies and victims share? Can bullies or victims change ? The goal here is to challenge black-and-white views of “bullies” and “victims.” Exploring these questions can help us realize that neither bullies nor victims are fundamentally flawed or fated to always remain in their role., you can introduce the concept of neuroplasticity and what it means to hold a growth vs. a fixed mindset. Viewers should start to understand how believing that people’s abilities and traits can change makes us more motivated and optimistic about solving problems. Then, you can apply these concepts to the idea of bullying: Can bullies and victims grow and change? How can we shift some of our fixed ideas about them— He’s a bad person; No one likes me —to more flexible ones?
Reinforce learning through teaching: Research demonstrates that learning and comprehension can be significantly enhanced when you get to teach what you are learning. Invite older children or teens to develop several tips and discussion questions about the growth mindset. Then find a time when they can share these key ideas with younger children (or siblings).

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