Fascinating Article – The Inverse Power of Praise

Here’s a very interesting article, I thought. It discusses the most constructive way to praise children, and suggests that praising a child for being bright, as opposed to for having tried hard/thought things through/something specific, can be damaging even in the very short term, let alone the long term. Fascinating stuff!

Po Bronson – The Inverse Power of Praise

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One Response to Fascinating Article – The Inverse Power of Praise

  1. John Hesp says:

    “Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control,” she explains. “They come to see themselves as in control of their success. Emphasizing natural intelligence takes it out of the child’s control…….”

    Yes, very interesting. I suppose we were doing this sometimes, but had also fallen into the trap of telling him he’s clever. We’ll certainly try and take the advice on board.

    I wonder if it works for adults too.

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