People Can Change: Recognizing Our Potential for Growth

Photo of two drawings of human heads one saying "Growth Mindset" and the other saying "Fixed Mindset"

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley has created a lesson plan on fostering growth mindsets in students. If students embrace the idea that everyone, including themselves, possesses the capacity to grow and change, it becomes more likely that they will view social challenges like harassment, bullying, and exclusion as obstacles they can overcome. Adopting a more adaptable, growth-oriented mindset can help some of the anxieties and pressures students may face, enabling them to approach social problems as challenges to be resolved rather than threats to be feared.