Interestingly, Alfred Binet, the French psychologist who invented the first IQ test was completely against this “fixed mindset” way of thinking. He considered it “brutal pessimism”. He firmly believed that intelligence could grow, and used the IQ test to identify children who would benefit from extra practice and training in order to grow their intelligence.
Tragically, Binet’s IQ test was hijacked by fixed mindset driven individuals who used the test to label children as low performing as a matter of genetics – just a fact of life that could not be changed very much.
Even more tragically, many of us have absorbed these fixed mindset beliefs from our classrooms and the wider culture. So when learning gets difficult, we may be too quick to assume we don’t have what it takes, and give up.
We still live in a fixed mindset saturated culture and it is not easy to rid ourselves of these very limiting beliefs. But if we don’t, how are we to cope with the demands of our fast and constantly changing world of work?
We must make the most of the precious gift of neuroplasticity to become effective lifelong learners. The next article in the series Opportunity Knocks will share a few top tips on how to do just that.
Learn more about neuroplasticity here http://bit.ly/2p8Cu7r and about changing mindsets here http://bit.ly/2DpQjmo