Perceiving your intelligence

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

You’ll have heard of the term intelligence and been referred to or heard other’s being called ‘intelligent’.

What’s your take on intelligence?

More specifically, what’s your take on your own intelligence?

Do you think it’s fixed or do you think you can expand it?

Check this out from Josh Waitzkin

“Developmental psychologists have done extensive research on the effects of a student’s approach on his or her ability to learn and ultimately master material. Dr. Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in the field of developmental psychology, makes the distinction between entity and incremental theories of intelligence. Children who are ‘entity theorists’—that is, kids who have been influenced by their parents and teachers to think in this manner—are prone to use language like ‘I am smart at this’ and to attribute their success or failure to an ingrained or unalterable level of ability. They see their overall intelligence or skill level at a certain discipline to be a fixed entity, a thing that cannot evolve. Incremental theorists, who have picked up a different modality of learning—let’s call them learning theorists—are more prone to describe their results with sentences like ‘I got it because I worked very hard at it’ or ‘I should have tried harder.’ A child with a learning theory of intelligence tends to sense that with hard work, difficult material can be grasped—step by step, incrementally, the novice can become the master.”

If we take the premise that your intelligence is not fixed but can continually expand…

…then what would you like to discover + potentially master?



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