The impact of implicit theories and goal setting

“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”

-Helen Hayes

Just read  A social-cognitive approach to motivation and personality (Dweck & Legget, 1988) and found the authors’ approach very interesting. The paper describes how personality factors (implicit theories) and motivation (goals) impact the two major patterns of cognitive-affect-behavior (helpless response vs. mastery-oriented response).

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Positive affect and psychobiological processes (Dockray & Steptoe, 2010)

First of all, I must apologize for not keeping with my scheduled posting, but having to travel, and finally meeting with the husband left me with little time (and mood) to write. Another reason was that I actually was looking into something to post, but after long research and consideration I decided not to write about it. The reason was mainly because it had to do with politics, and a foreign country, and I believe, no matter how much research you do, there’s nothing like being or living there to emit an opinion, specially when most of what I read are political views and opinions. Hence, after careful consideration, I decided to go back to more firm grounds.

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