Wellness Wednesday: Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset


Some people are accepting of challenges, while others are pessimistic about them. These differences in attitude can help differentiate whether someone has a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. 


For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, AY About You sits down with Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, for more insight on these two different mindsets. 


Fixed Mindset

English explains that people with a fixed mindset are not open to challenges. They tend to be focused on being right all the time and are known for thinking that they know everything. Many people in a fixed mindset don’t believe in trying things or putting in effort because they don’t see the point. Additionally, people with fixed mindsets give up quickly and easily, expect rewards to come quickly to them, and don’t value constructive criticism. 


Growth Mindset

On the other hand, people with a growth mindset tend to be accepting of challenges and open-minded about new opportunities. Growth-minded people are always learning, and always looking for an opportunity to better themselves. People in this category put more emphasis on self-love, rather than validation from others. Growth-minded people accept that no one is perfect and that everyone has problems.


Fortunately, English says that with the right amount of mental framing and shifting, anyone can enter a growth mindset.



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