The Praise Paradox

In sharp contrast, when children were praised for their effort and strategies, they focused on learning and improving themselves. In an attempt to grow their abilities, they preferred hard over easy problems. When they hit a setback, they didn’t question their abilities; rather, they inferred that they simply didn’t work hard enough or didn’t use the right strategies. They tried again and stepped up their performance. Thus, praising children for their effort and strategies helps them thrive on challenges.

Source: The Praise Paradox – Behavioral Scientist

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