What We’re Reading: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”

Hardcopy cover of "Mindset"

Hardcopy cover of "Mindset"

I just finished reading (well, listening to) “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck. I originally found this book in the book drop some time last year. I recently picked it up and really enjoyed it. Being that the hardcover copy is rather heavy, I decided to download the audiobook. I listened to it for about a week during my commute. I expected the book to entail being a “positive” person and getting “in the game” mentally. Though there were some elements of that, “Mindset” was much more — entailing real life examples, practical uses in one’s daily life, and the consequences of mindset in raising children, communicating in relationships (family, romantic and friendships), playing sports, and learning.

Dr. Carol Dweck, previous professor at Columbia University, wrote this book using years of research data (from students young and old, and adults from all walks of life). The book describes two mindsets in particular — the fixed and growth mindsets. Below you’ll find an infographic that describes both very well. Click to expand.


Graphic for two mindsets by Nigel Holmes, available at http://nigelholmes.com/graphic/two-mindsets-stanford-magazine/

If you would like to learn more for yourself, check out the various books in our holdings at Teachers College library and in the Columbia University libraries

Two (2) copies of “Mindset” are available at Teachers College Library:

Title: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Location: STACKS, 5th Floor Loft

Call numbers: BF773 .D85 2006 (hardcover) & BF773 .D85 2008 (softcover)

Additional Books Authored by Dr. Dweck:

A search in EDUCAT, the Gottesman Library catalog (when entering “Dweck, Carol” in the author field) reveals three additional books:

“Handbook of competence and motivation” located on the 1st floor behind the circulation desk, ON RESERVE  BF504 .H36 2005

“Motivation and self-regulation across the life span” STACKS BF501 .M667 1998 (5th floor loft)

“Self-theories : their role in motivation, personality, and development” STACKS BF697 .D85 2000 c.2 & BF697 .D85 2000 c.3 (both copies in 5th floor loft)

A search in CLIO, the Columbia Libraries catalog (when entering “Carol Dweck” in the author field) reveals those same books, with the exception of an ebook as well as hardcopy version of “Motivation and Self-regulation”