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Praising Talent Makes Kids Less Resilient And Afraid Of Mistakes

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PCA National Advisory Board Member Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She graduated from Barnard College in 1967 and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1972. She taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Illinois before joining the Stanford faculty in 2004.

On April 22, 2017, Stanford Professor and author of Mindset, Dr. Carol Dweck, was awarded PCA's Ronald L. Jensen award for Lifetime Achievement at the 16th annual National Youth Sports Awards. This clip is a from Carol Dweck's interview on-stage with PCA National Advisory Board Member Julie Foudy.

In this clip, Dweck explains that praising a child can teach a mindset. One of the ways parents do this is "when you go tell kids they are smart or talented, it puts them in a fixed mindset". The effects of this, Dweck found, is that it causes children to become afraid of making mistakes. She further states that the most important thing a parent can do regarding this issue is to praise the process. Praising the process will ultimately promote a growth mindset so the child can develop, and focus on improvement.

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