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Self-theories : their role in motivation, personality, and development

Author: Carol S Dweck
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Psychology Press, ©1999.
Series: Essays in social psychology.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This text sheds light on how people work - why they sometimes function well and, at other times, behave in ways that are self-defeating or destructive. Dweck presents her groundbreaking research on adaptive and maladaptive cognitive-motivational patterns and shows: how these patterns originate in people's self-theories; their consequences for the person - for achievement, social relationships, and emotional  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol S Dweck
ISBN: 0863775705 9780863775703
OCLC Number: 40403663
Description: xiii, 195 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: What promotes adaptive motivation? Four beliefs and four truths about ability, success, praise, and confidence --
When failure undermines and when failure motivates: helpless and mastery-oriented responses --
Achievement goals: looking smart versus learning --
Is intelligence fixed or changeable? Students' theories about their intelligence foster their achievement goals --
Theories of intelligence predict (and create) differences in achievement --
Theories of intelligence create high and low effort --
Implicit theories and goals predict self-esteem loss and depressive reactions to negative events --
Why confidence and success are not enough --
What is IQ and does it matter? --
Believing in fixed social traits: impact on social coping --
Judging and labeling others: another effect of implicit theories --
Belief in the potential to change --
Holding and forming stereotypes --
How does it all begin? Young children's theories about goodness and badness --
Kinds of praise and criticism: the origins of vulnerability --
Praising intelligence: more praise that backfires --
Misconceptions about self-esteem and about how to foster it --
Personality, motivation, development, and the self: theoretical reflections --
Final thoughts on controversial issues --
Appendix: Measures of implicit theories, confidence, and goals.
Series Title: Essays in social psychology.
Responsibility: Carol S. Dweck.
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"This text sheds light on how people work - why they sometimes function well and, at other times, behave in ways that are self-defeating or destructive. Dweck presents her groundbreaking research on adaptive and maladaptive cognitive-motivational patterns and shows: how these patterns originate in people's self-theories; their consequences for the person - for achievement, social relationships, and emotional well-being; their consequences for society, from issues of human potential to stereotyping and intergroup relations; and the experiences that create them." "Throughout, Dweck shows how examining self-theories illuminates basic issues of human motivation, social cognition, personality, the self, mental health, and development. This text is a must-read for researchers in social psychology, child development, and education, and is appropriate for both graduate and senior undergraduate students in these areas."--BOOK JACKET.

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