Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives-Maria Popova

What it all comes down to is that a mindset is an interpretative process that tells us what is going on around us.


In the fixed mindset, that process is scored by an internal monologue of constant judging and evaluation, using every piece of information as evidence either for or against such assessments as whether you’re a good person, whether your partner is selfish, or whether you are better than the person next to you. In a growth mindset, on the other hand, the internal monologue is not one of judgment but one of voracious appetite for learning, constantly seeking out the kind of input that you can metabolize into learning and constructive action.

Jim Manske’s insight:
Sounds familiar to NVC folks, I imagine. We often use the nickname "Jackal" to describe the activities of a fixed mind set and "giraffe" to point to the consciousness of a "growth mindset". This is a long article concerning a new book called Mindset:The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

The beauty and power of NVC is that we can use the activity of jackal to wake up to opportunities for growth, learning, connection, and compassion!