3 Ways Culture Is Shaping Our Mind and Behavior - Mindset Movement (2022)

How much of our mental health is affected by our culture?

I’m not referring to the stigma around mental health that our culture continuously points out. Although, I’m not sure our culture saying “Let’s stop the stigma,” ultimately will stop it. It is a good stepping point, to be aware- but to be actionable is what we need. It lies within you and I – sharing our stories, no longer discussing or pointing to “stigma”. Letting that word fall from our vocabulary, and choosing to be courageous in sharing our own narratives to the point where it becomes common.

How does society shape our beliefs around what constitutes a healthy mind and an unhealthy mind? How does mainstream news and media construct our beliefs around our own mental health and solutions?

I’m looking to uncover the role that culture plays in our own mental health – depression, anxiety, body image issues – our coping strategies. How does our culture mold our solutions to these issues, form our identities, and our beliefs behind our mind and behavior?

I’m asking us to be introspective. Look into ourselves, but also explore one another. Reflect on our society’s mainstream views of mental health, our own perspectives, how each of us play a role in molding the norm, and building the foundation for how we interpret and respond to the diverse aspects of mental health.

How is our culture teaching us about mental health- and can it be detrimental to our own mind?

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These are my own perspectives – and this is more of a posed question rather than a constructive list. I want to hear from you.

1. Our Culture’s Grasp On the Chemical Imbalance Theory

Can our brain chemicals be naturally and biologically imbalanced on their own therefore causing mental health issues? Or do our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors create a chemical imbalance within our brain?

The chemical imbalance theory has been ingrained into our society with little evidence. Is it cause or effect? It has been dispelled a number of times, and yet it still remains grasped by some. Pharmaceutical ads branded this theory into our minds, for example, “”Prescription Zoloft works to correct this imbalance.” A chemical imbalance is mostly derived out of our chosen thoughts and habits, conditioned within our neural pathways. Our nutrition and activities. Our internal and external environment.These first conscious decisions become unconscious- continuing to repeat out of our habitual nature. We begin to struggle with them as they grow more intense, and it feels overwhelming and unsolvable. When in reality, it lies within our own effort and mind to begin to re-shift our habits.

Science behind our brain – related to emotional and mental health – points to the importance of nerve cell connections, nerve cell growth, and the functioning of nerve circuits. Research shows partial effectiveness of anti-depressants actually resulting out of nerve cell growth rather than the once perceived chemical imbalance. The beauty of our biology is that we can actually change it and influence it through healthy thinking and activities.

  • “Without antidepressants: About 20 to 40 out of 100 people who took a placebo noticed an improvement of their symptoms within six to eight weeks.”
  • “With antidepressants: About 40 to 60 out of 100 people who took an antidepressant noticed an improvement of their symptoms within six to eight weeks.”

National Library of Medicine

This statistic should show you the power of our mind. The placebo effect improved 20-40% of individuals’ symptoms. Our beliefs are powerful, and I’ve witnessed it firsthand in my own understanding of my mind. I don’t believe that mainstream media gives this power enough credit, and it should be more widely educated. Our biologyis influenced by a number of factors – but we have our own control over this by what we eat, what we think, and our activities.

2.Our Culture’s Statements: “Mental Illness Is The Same As A Physical Disease”

Often promotional efforts around mental health have been relating a mental illness to a physical disease. I can understand this. It can be extremely debilitating, as I’ve experienced it myself and witnessed my loved ones suffer– and worse, it has to stay behind closed doors. At least, that is what society has led us to believe. I think it deserves to be compared, but also deserves not to be. Both are so vague, and both can point to such an array of things- it almost makes no sense in noting.

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Some quotes get specific, “Mental illness is like diabetes.”

I’ve been hearing this quite often and this leaves the interpretation up to the person, which makes it tricky. Are they trying to make a point that mental illness is serious? Are they trying to show that both exist as difficulties but can be managed? Managed through medicine? Is it to mean that they are both life-long conditions? Is this quote meant to de-stigmatize mental illness?

It’s ambiguous in it’s mission, and ambiguous in each of our interpretations.

Mental illnesses themselves are so complex and fall on such different spectrums, it makes it very difficult to compare it to one disease. Especially one that is so vastly different.

Many people who use the phrase, “Mental Illness is like diabetes.”explicitly link the relationship tomedication. The people who have told me this, have heard this phrase from their owndoctors or loved ones. This phrase was accepted by our culture, and spread widely.

We shouldn’t need to compare mental illness to diabetes to make people believe it is serious. It should solely be taken seriously due to the statistics and suicide rates. I’m unsure about the interpretation of this comparison, and how it influences our own thoughts on mental illness. I think we can commiserate on the basis that they are both aspects of the human experience, and both should be treated as such. There are many different influences to both, some that we can prevent and control.

3. Psychology Education Shaping Culture Through Future Professionals

I was in the one of the last lectures for Elementary Psychology, when the teacher began describing schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I was in awe at the way he would depict those who suffer from these illnesses. It was the exact way we tend to frame crazy in the media. Yet, this was a class that many continue on in their education to get a Psychology degree in order to help those struggling with their mental health. Watching a family member struggle with this, I’ve been granted a perception that brings compassion, of which the teacher should be shaping within their students. My teacher has posed the claim “the mentally ill” and created an other. Separating ourselves from those suffering, rather than creating a we, a community aspect that we are each all human and we, ourselves, could experience these issues. We need to begin to recognize our roles in mental health and rather than separating us, unify us on this common basis.Aware or not, the teacher is shaping the students’ perceptions around these disorders and it does play a role in the future of mental health.

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Note, this is one case. This is my case as a student in a classroom. However, I’m curious about how often psychology teachers take note of this. I wonder if they examine the way they shape the perceptions of their students.I hope that other psychology courses are less biased and better represent the diverse nature of our mental health, and the humans behind the stories they share. I aspire to live in a world that looks at mental health in a new light, one that is based upon a community-approach, one that connects on the basis that we are all human and deserve to be treated as such.

My Story and Take On Culture

I want to take you back to 15-year old me. I’m at my primary care physician at the point where I choose to reach out for help describing my depression and the debilitating factors.

He never informed me about the range of influences on my mental health- nutrition, thoughts, beliefs- the power of our mind. He briefly mentioned therapy, but I was handed a prescription for fluoxetine, an anti-depressant. I was 15. Manyof the prescriptions written are coming from our family care physicians, and I’m not sure all are adequately prepared for this.

The pharmaceutical companies are winning in our society. Our culture has chosen to go along with the paid advertisements of pinning our mental health issues on a biological issue. “It’s not us, it’s our biology” mentality, and it’s stripping those of the belief that they do have power over their mind, and they can implement strategies that will alleviate their pain.

Shifting the blame entirely onto biology may appear easier and less stigmatizing, however, it defeats the real solution we are all looking for. To make the necessary changes and put in the effort to reframe and reconstruct our thinking, eat and live healthier lives, and learn to ride the waves of anxious, depressive moments in our life. The lows exist as a lesson, they are a part of the human experience. Our biology does deserve partial blame, but we also influence our own biology. This grants us the power to change our lives.

As a human being, I need all-around care and an integrative solution.

A lack of happiness was not necessarily the result of my depression – it was the lack of meaning in my life – it was the negative and daunting thoughts I had conditioned myself to believe. A pill will not give anyone meaning, unless they frame their beliefs around it. A pill will not retrain their neural pathways to believe lovely thoughts about themselves, life, this world – unless they form beliefs around the pill having these capabilities. Nutrition and exercise have tremendous affects on the chemicals in our brain.

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I can take account for my thoughts and actions. I wasn’t educated. I was living unaware of my own thinking and the ability I had to change with much needed effort. I hope we can each offer this view to one another. That we can become at peace with ourselves in the face of daunting thoughts and learn to love this tricky process of being human.

These changes take work. It has taken me two years to reframe my mindset, to implement healthy habits and coping strategies. Healthy living will be a life-long journey, riding the highs and lows of life- and welcoming them all.

I just think it’s more than important to question our culture and society. To question the information that has been handed to us, and be curious to where it originated. If there were no mental health labels, what would you think of the symptoms you are experiencing? What would you personally change in your life that could improve your mental health, that could relieve some of these symptoms?

I want to hear from you. I want to learn your view on culture- and the ways that it influences our mental health. I also want to hear about ways that we can proactively change the conversation and mold a new view of mental health in our culture. Starting with me and you.

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Your Courage Is Someone Else’s Courage

This must be what always brings me here. Typing this, sharing myself. My courage can be someone else’s courage, and that means something much more to me.

How does our culture mold our view of our own mental health, the possible and effective solutions, the formation of our identities?

I’m not referring to the stigma around mental health that our culture continuously points out.. Reflect on our society’s mainstream views of mental health, our own perspectives, how each of us play a role in molding the norm, and building the foundation for how we interpret and respond to the diverse aspects of mental health.. Can our brain chemicals be naturally and biologically imbalanced on their own therefore causing mental health issues?. Science behind our brain – related to emotional and mental health – points to the importance of nerve cell connections, nerve cell growth, and the functioning of nerve circuits.. Often promotional efforts around mental health have been relating a mental illness to a physical disease.. He never informed me about the range of influences on my mental health- nutrition, thoughts, beliefs- the power of our mind.. Our culture has chosen to go along with the paid advertisements of pinning our mental health issues on a biological issue.. I also want to hear about ways that we can proactively change the conversation and mold a new view of mental health in our culture.

How much of our mental health is affected by our culture?I’m not referring to the stigma around mental health that our culture continuously points out. Although, I’m not sure our culture saying “Let’s stop the stigma,” ultimately will stop it. It is a good stepping point, to be aware- but to be acti...

How much of our mental health is affected by our culture?. I’m not referring to the stigma around mental health that our culture continuously points out.. Research shows partial effectiveness of anti-depressants actually resulting out of nerve cell growth rather than the once perceived chemical imbalance.. Are they trying to make a point that mental illness is serious?. I’m unsure about the interpretation of this comparison, and how it influences our own thoughts on mental illness.. This grants us the power to change our lives.

Psychologists have spent the last 100 years trying to standardize the diagnosis of mental illness. But what if we all experience it differently?

“He’s not psychotic — that’s Ode Ori,” Sharpless responded.. Get Weekend Reads from Ideas. But, he said, we don’t know whether the “fundamental mechanisms” of mental health are the same across humanity and it’s the expressions of disorder that vary between cultures, or whether there are distinct, culturally mediated disorders.. Dr. Yulia Chentsova-Dutton, a psychologist at Georgetown University studying the cultural manifestations of mental disorders, believes we don’t fully know the impact that culture may have on mental health.. Researchers suggested the difference may be in how “American cultural emphasis on individual autonomy” shapes the response to auditory hallucinations as both a violation and a symptom of a disease, rather than as possibly more benign people or spirits; Ghanaians and Indians, on the other hand, were “more comfortable interpreting their voices as relationships.” Whatever the reason, they suggested, the evidence demonstrated that “everyday, socially-shaped expectations alter not only how what is heard is interpreted, but what is actually heard.” This has implications for how schizophrenia is treated, they suggested, citing evidence that schizophrenia treatments in developing nations tend to have better outcomes than in more developed nations.. According to a 2017 fact sheet from the American Psychiatric Association, “Ethnic/racial minorities often bear a disproportionately high burden of disability resulting from mental disorders,” adding that, “People from racial/ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive mental health care.” Out of seven listed “barriers to mental health care,” four were related to culture: “Mental illness stigma, often greater among minority populations”; “lack of diversity among mental health care providers”; “lack of culturally competent providers”; and “language barriers.” All of these, the psychiatric association suggested, “may contribute to under-diagnosis and/or misdiagnosis of mental illness in people from racially/ethnically diverse populations.”. THERE IS AN obvious value in standardization — two different clinicians should be able to look at the same patient and come up with the same diagnosis.. For psychiatrists and psychologists, culture and background must be a necessary part of the picture they form of a patient in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.. “But it’s very easy to do, because we use what we know to explain the world, we use what categories are available to us.. What is perhaps more necessary for modern psychiatrists and psychologists is not just a cultural awareness, but also an awareness that culture is everywhere, that each person has a unique context.

How does culture influence behavior? Culture includes the totality of people's way of life, from their dressing up to their manner of eating, beliefs......

It is because the culture is the people’s way of life.. To answer the question, how does culture influence behavior, we should note that there are many ways in which culture influences and impacts lives.. Culture only exists in the minds of people, and it portrays itself through the habits of people.. You can only see culture in a behavioral form or in a regularly patterned fashion called culture.. The dynamic nature of culture is proof that it is liable to change as it interacts with other cultures.. The integration of different people makes it very simple for culture to change as a result of constant interaction with other cultures.. The non-material culture refers to the intangible things produced by a culture.. Through cultural planning, culture gains recognition through its contribution to the urban and rural regions, cosmopolitan and metropolis areas of the world.. Cultural Planning creates room for culture to flourish, establishing tolerance, unity, and oneness in society.

Beliefs and values are two basic dimensions that determine our attitudes toward the world and toward ourselves. All three, in turn, define our behavior and drive our actions. Understanding our beliefs and values helps us understand who we are. Creating new, empowering beliefs and values, allows us to create a better version of ourselves and accomplish our goals.

It’s our beliefs and values .. The gap between our beliefs about others and ourselves creates our attitude and, eventually, shapes our belief about our world in general.. This means that if you strip away the negative values and only keep the positive ones, and a group of people ratifies them, you get moral values or the values of a society.. So, herein lies the persistent conflict of our society: Our beliefs and values drive our personal attitude and behavior toward the world, yet society’s moral values and the ethical rules in place limit our actions accordingly.. When you take a more thoughtful approach to decide what your beliefs and values should be, based on your life vision, things change—your attitude shifts, and with it, your behavior, and, ultimately, your outcome.

Are there strategies that help adapt to any culture?

A question of how we approach the process of exposing ourselves to new ways of thinking, new behaviors and new belief systems.. They have developed as a process of evolution in order for the human species to continue evolving faster than other species who do not have the ability to use cultural ways of thinking.. But, unfortunately the development of culture also has had an unfortunate side-effect: with culture also came tribal thinking.. Here, the underlying assumption is that both our culture of origin as well as our host culture have valuable pieces of wisdom to offer to us in terms of gaining a better perspective on how the world works.. Once you have learned a significant amount about a new type of belief or behavior, you should eventually ask yourself whether this belief or behavior can be helpful to you to achieve better results in your life.. At the same time we want to remain true to our values and beliefs, and at the same time we are in the process of getting exposed to new perspectives that make it impossible for us not to question these beliefs and ways of thinking which we have taken for granted.. Reject the new belief system Adapt to the new belief system and reject the old one Find ways to integrate the old- and the new belief system. Adapting to the new belief system and rejecting the old one is an option too, but in most cases it will eventually lead you into an identity crisis as you are denying values and beliefs that you have grown up with.. If you are able to integrate new beliefs you are exposed to into your existing belief system, it will give you a significant degree of mental- and behavioral flexibility.. how can I adjust these new beliefs and behavioral patterns in a way to make them in line with my own belief system?

What your employees think is what your organization becomes.

Focusing on what’s broken makes people feel miserable .. Uncover what people value the most about themselves, their work, and the organization.. We must let go of the “This is not going to work” mentality–shift your mindset to “What if we try this…?”. Leaders are afraid of addressing tensions but, conflict doesn’t go away.. Every employee has the ability and responsibility to drive change.. Read more about mindsets:

Learn why your mindset plays a major role in both motivation and achievement, plus discover whether you have a fixed or growth mindset.

According to Dweck, there are two basic mindsets: fixed and growth.. If you have a fixed mindset, you believe your abilities are fixed traits and therefore can't be changed.. On the flip side, if you have a growth mindset, you believe that your talents and abilities can be developed over time through effort and persistence.. Here are some fixed vs. growth mindset examples.. I can't change it.I'm a constantly evolving work in progress.If you have to work hard, you don't have the ability.The more you challenge yourself, the smarter you become.If I don’t try, then I won’t fail.I only fail when I stop trying.That job position is totally out of my league.That job position looks challenging.. They found that personal praise, or praising a child’s talents or labeling them as “smart," promotes a fixed mindset.. Adults can take steps to ensure that their children develop growth mindsets by praising efforts not results.. By focusing on the process rather than the outcome, adults can help kids understand that their efforts, hard work, and dedication can lead to change, learning, and growth both now and in the future.. Labeling, which involves assigning people characteristics based on stereotypes or associations with different groups, can also lead to the development of fixed or growth mindsets.. A person who holds a stereotype that girls are bad at math or that boys are bad at reading may form a fixed mindset about their own abilities in those specific domains.. When a child has a growth mindset, they tend to have a hunger for learning and a desire to work hard and discover new things.. In her book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," Dweck writes that those with fixed mindsets are constantly seeking the validation to prove their worth not just to others, but also to themselves.. Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?. While people with a fixed mindset might not agree, Dweck suggests that people are capable of changing their mindsets.

How the “outside” affects the “inside” is at the heart of many of the deepest psychological questions. In this fast-paced survey of research on how culture shapes cognition, Nalini Ambady examines the neural evidence for …

The emerging field of cultural neuroscience examines how the interplay and mutual constitution between neural and cultural forces gives rise to different patterns of behavior, perception, and cognition.. The main goal of this emerging, young field is to understand how culture, which is comprised of behaviors, values, symbols, meaning systems, communication systems, rules, and conventions, is shaped by and in turn shapes the mind and brains of individuals in the culture.. Because the self is core to our social and interpersonal interactions, this finding that culture can affect these representations at the neural level is striking and has important implications regarding how we represent ourselves and others across cultures.. Results revealed cultural variation in neural responses to the extent that distinct brain regions were recruited to perform the relative and absolute line-judgment tasks in relation to the perceiver’s culture.. Specifically, both the head of the caudate nucleus and the MPFC, two components of the mesolimbic reward system, showed stronger responses to dominant stimuli (relative to subordinate stimuli) in American participants, whereas these regions showed stronger responses to subordinate stimuli (relative to dominant stimuli) in Japanese participants.. In this case, members of both cultures showed the same neurological path but the different behavioral outcomes reflected cultural preferences.. In another study, we found a similar pattern of activity in “superior temporal sulcus” to facial cues on a mind-reading task to members of one’s own culture as compared to other cultures.. The good news, then, is that with exposure to other cultures, perhaps, the brain can become more culturally tuned.. In sum, the emerging findings from cultural neuroscience illustrate how the sustained attitudes, values, and behavior that we encounter in our day-to-day lives give rise to distinct patterns of neural activity responsible for basic functions such as our self-views and academic performance, to more complicated behaviors, such as electing political officials to office and understanding the subtle cues of outgroup members.

You can gain meaningful influence without having formal authority.

If you have tried introducing a new idea into your organization or community—especially if it’s an abstract idea like sustainability, diversity, or innovativeness—you know it’s tough.. After earning her MBA from MIT in 2009, Sam could not find a position in sustainability, so she joined Iron Mountain as a manager in strategy, knowing the company had no sustainability function and hoping to build it.. Sam didn’t have that long, but she did accumulate enough material to make her the “resident expert.” It took her a year to develop her case—largely on her own time—before she started talking about sustainability in public.. But she was talking privately with lots of people all the while: gathering opinions, refining the ideas and practices, making connections and gaining supporters.. Develop practices.. Sam put together a short video that made the case, showed how Iron Mountain was involved with the community, and got people energized and emotionally engaged.. Idea entrepreneurs always present their idea in the context of their own life story.. She presented the business case first, but the personal story gave the idea personality.. People associate Malcolm Gladwell’s idea of mastery through the “10,000 hours of practice” metric.. She realized (as all idea entrepreneurs do) that an intense response—positive and negative—is a sign that people are taking the idea seriously.. Each path to influence, and each change of mindset, looks different.. Sam most directly knows the idea has gained influence when someone says to her: I’m so proud of what we’re doing.

Leaders rely on any number of theories to change their cultures. But without a strict focus on the science of habit formation, it's often hard to make things truly stick.

The majority of organizations will need to change their culture, which means humans will need to change their habits.. One study showed that while the vast majority of companies plan to redesign how they work, only 18% of employees feel “change agile.” Another study suggests that only roughly 37% of change initiatives succeed.. By far, the biggest factor in why organizational change fails, involves a failure to change human habits .. We have a hypothesis for what is at the heart of this change problem: The prevailing theories for how to change organizational culture simply don’t line up with the latest science about how humans learn, develop, and grow.. Yet the real work of culture change begins with thinking of priorities as a set of habits, and following the science of habit formation.. Much of this is intuitive, yet change leaders tend to ignore the basics: Habits must be built one at a time, over time.. The third principle is to do this one habit at a time, over time, allowing people to build habits without any sense of overwhelm, which could wreck the whole effort.. Every week I see companies wanting to change their culture in much the same way — only to avoid changing much at all.

In this post, learn how to change your mindset with the strategies of the world's highest achievers!

Before we look at what may be holding this group back, let’s look at the 8% who do accomplish their goals to better understand what these high achievers do differently.. The fact is, no matter where you are in life or where you came from, you’ve got the ability to set goals and achieve them.. A surefire way to determine whether you need a mindset tune-up is to answer the question: Are you regularly accomplishing your goals and living your dreams?. I’d look in the mirror and force myself to say, “You look good!” It took some time to get used to it, but the reality is that positive thoughts and negative thoughts can’t occupy the same space, so I was giving my ANTs an eviction notice.. Understand your “why” – Changing your mindsets takes work because formed habits aren’t easy to break.. Understanding your “why” is about starting fresh and deciding on one goal or dream that, when you achieve it, will mean a transformational change.. Realize that motivation and willpower are not enough – Most people incorrectly believe that motivation and willpower are all that’s needed to achieve their goals.. It doesn’t take long to simply give up and abandon our goals when we rely on motivation and willpower to achieve them.. High achievers understand this reality, which is why step five is simply about recognition … that is, recognizing that achieving your goals isn’t about white knuckling your way to success.. Start small so you can finish big – This may sound counter-intuitive, but one of the best ways to change your mindsets and realize your dreams is through setting ridiculously tiny, utterly achievable goals.. If your big goal is to get daily exercise, then your small, attainable goal is to do a single push-up each day.. How can these tiny goals actually make an impact?. Over time, consistently hitting your small goals will form new mindset habits, and that’s real progress toward revamping your thinking so you can reach your biggest dreams.. Get comfortable with the “F” word – The steps for how to change your mindset that I’ve outlined so far will help you move forward with confidence toward achieving more of your goals and dreams.. High achievers realize that the only thing that will keep them from their goals is to stop trying … so they don’t!

Our behavioral patterns, belief systems, principles, and ways of living are the derivatives of our culture. Why is culture important? Read this OpinionFront article to find the answer.

Why is culture important?. People who belong to cultures that promote individualism tend to look at only the main aspects of a situation, while those of a culture that promotes collectivism tend to consider even the minor details.. Similarly, people of Eastern cultures perceive success as being a collective effort, while those of the American culture perceive it as the fruit of individual effort.. People from some cultures are found to be more open in communicating even with strangers or new acquaintances, while those from conservative cultures may not be so open.. You still ask why culture is important?. Our culture defines people’s expectations from us.. Our culture shapes our value and belief systems, which influence our personalities.. People from cultures that take a more holistic approach (Eastern cultures), are seen to be more capable of understanding other points of view.. People from cultures that promote individualism (Western cultures) are found to be less capable of understanding someone else’s perspective.. People who live around us, those we socialize with, and the ones we work with, come from different parts of the world and have different cultures.. The study of cultures broadens our view towards cultural diversity.

Sometimes I will ask a group, “Did you know that organizations are political?” This always brings a knowing laugh. The laugh suggests a question, Why would I ever ask about something so obvious?

If they want to move from survival to flourishing, that is, if they want to make positive change, they must change the culture, and cultural change requires a kind of power that seems foreign to normal organizational assumptions.. Cultural change requires leadership based on moral power.. In 42, Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recruits Jackie Robinson as the first black player.. In one of the opening scenes, Rickey lays out the abusive behavior that Robinson will face and wants to know if Robinson will be able to handle it.. Robinson asks if Rickey wants a man with enough courage to fight, and Rickey says he wants a man with enough courage not to fight.. Transformational change is usually a function of transformational leadership or moral power.. He says sympathy means “to suffer with.” The opposing manager caused the Dodger players to feel for and suffer with Jackie Robinson.. In this suffering (or love) the assumptions and then the behavior of Robinson’s fellow players began to change.. Cultural change occurs when people make new assumptions and then willing engage in new behaviors.. Transformational leaders use moral power to change assumptions and behavior.

Nurture a growth mindset with these activities and tests.

If you want to learn more about mindset theory and how you can achieve a growth mindset yourself, read on.. Having a growth mindset, on the other hand, means we view our failures as “development points” and can work on them to succeed.. As the name suggests, a mindset intervention is a program designed to strengthen growth mindsets in an academic setting.. At the start of the 9th grade, the researchers delivered a 25-minute online student session that gave an overview of the growth mindset concept: that pupils could improve their intellectual capacities through various means (e.g., enhancing their learning strategies).. It suggests that by helping kids develop a sense of self-efficacy and agency, educators can help them tackle challenges with a growth mindset.. Encourage feelings of confidence and excitement that help children bounce back from failure Help them view effort and hard work as a ‘normal’ part of problem-solving Give them greater confidence in their ideas Drive kids to seek out and engage with challenges rather than avoid them. Reflective writing can help you develop a growth mindset by inviting you to evaluate your experiences so that you learn and improve your approach.. Increasing a Growth Mindset Through Writing gives you or your client a framework for this writing, encouraging you to take a mindful and purposeful approach to your learning experiences.. So, can you develop a growth mindset?

"Du bist am Ende – was du bist. Setz dir Perücken auf von Millionen Locken, Setz deinen Fuß auf ellenhohe Socken, Du bleibst doch immer, was du bist." So lässt Johann Wolfgang von Goethe im Faust Mephistopheles sprechen und beschwört damit ein Bild herauf, das den Einzelnen als gefangen in seiner Begrenzung durch Körper und Geist sieht – eine mächtige Position bis heute, die selbstredend nicht ohne Entgegnungen geblieben ist. Eine jüngere davon schiebt sich zurzeit nach vorne: Growth Mindset. Hier wird ganz im Sinne der positiven Psychologie auf die Kraft der Veränderung von Personen und Organisationen gesetzt. Andrea Derler und Drake Baer zeigen in ihrem Gastbeitrag anschaulich, was hierunter genau zu verstehen ist und wie Unternehmen dies in ihrer Personalpolitik, im Leadership Development Process und für Change nutzen. Ihr Jürgen Weibler

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People with a growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed mindset, interpret failures as learning opportunities, thereby catalyzing self-improvement.

In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.” –Carol Dweck. “This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.. Intelligent people enjoy the learning process, and don’t mind when it continues beyond an expected time frame.. Learning fast isn’t the same as learning well, and learning well sometimes requires allowing time for mistakes.. “Naturally smart” sounds just about as believable as “spontaneous generation.” You won’t achieve the image if you’re not ready for the work.

Reprint: R1207K When a major change initiative runs aground, leaders often blame their company’s culture for pushing it off course. They try to forge ahead by overhauling the culture—a tactic that tends to fizzle, fail, or backfire. Most cultures are too well entrenched to be jettisoned. The secret is to stop fighting your culture—and to work with and within it, until it evolves in the right direction. Today’s best-performing companies, such as Southwest Airlines, Apple, and the Four Seasons, understand this, say the authors, three consultants from Booz & Company. These organizations follow five principles for making the most of their cultures: 1. Match strategy to culture. Culture trumps strategy every time, no matter how brilliant the plan, so the two need to be in alignment. 2. Focus on a few critical shifts in behavior. Wholesale change is hard; choose your battles wisely. 3. Honor the strengths of the existing culture. Every culture is the product of good intentions and has strengths; put them to use. 4. Integrate formal and informal interventions. Don’t just implement new rules and processes; identify “influencers” who can bring other employees along. 5. Measure and monitor cultural evolution. Otherwise you can’t identify backsliding or correct course. When the leaders of Aetna applied these rules while implementing a new strategy in the early 2000s, they reinvigorated the company’s ailing culture and restored employee pride. That shift was reflected in the business results, as Aetna went from a $300 million loss to a $1.7 billion gain.

With other members of the senior team, they sought out employees at all levels—those who were well connected, sensitive to the company culture, and widely respected—to get their input on the strategy as well as their views on both the design and execution of intended process changes.. At the same time, they surfaced Aetna’s significant cultural strengths: a deep-seated concern about patients, providers, and employers; underlying pride in the history and purpose of the company; widespread respect for peers; and a large group of dedicated professionals.. Some corporate leaders struggle with cultural intransigence for years, without ever fully focusing on the question: Why do we want to change our culture?. Another strength companies can leverage is the employees who are already aligned with their strategy and desired culture.. Separate nonhierarchical forums among peers and colleagues were also held across the company to discuss Aetna’s values—what they were, what they should be, why many of them were no longer being “lived,” what needed to happen to resurrect them, and what leadership behaviors would ensure the right employee behaviors.. By the time they get around to culture, they’re convinced that a comprehensive overhaul of the culture is the only way to overcome the company’s resistance to major change.. Targeted and integrated cultural interventions, designed around changing a few critical behaviors at a time, can also energize and engage your most talented people and enable them to collaborate more effectively and efficiently.. When the leaders of Aetna applied these rules while implementing a new strategy in the early 2000s, they reinvigorated the company’s ailing culture and restored employee pride.

You may not just be annoyed by others' negative attitudes. You may have noticed how their negative comments, pessimistic thinking, and toxic behaviors affect your attempts to stay positive and Christ-centered despite your circumstances.

However, if you've been working on a positive mindset that focuses on God's promises for inner healing, there may be one question that's driving you crazy: How in the world can I maintain a positive mindset when I'm surrounded by negative people who drag me down?. Brain science proves that our thoughts create our emotions, our emotions and thoughts combine to create beliefs, and beliefs drive our decisions, actions, and resulting behavior.. Boundaries—what we will allow and what we won't—are also important elements in managing a positive, Christ-centered mindset, especially in light of negative people.. In my Christian Mindset Makeover course, we talk about how cultivating a positive, Christ-centered mindset that overcomes toxic thinking involves a two-pronged approach: first, getting to the root of toxic behavior by addressing the toxic thoughts behind the behavior and creating new subconscious patterns that include God's truth using a proven process called brain priming; and second, creating a mental boundary around these new subconscious thought patterns that protects them from outside negative influences.. Boundary builders are any activities, habits, mindsets, or choices we make to enforce the protective boundary or "fence" around our healthy thoughts.. In the Christian Mindset Makeover , we talk about three different ways to support and strengthen our boundaries: a healthy physical body, including good nutrition, regular exercise, and quality sleep; healthy social interactions, and other mental wellness strategies that are different from person-to-person, such as routines and creativity.. On the other hand, boundary breakers are any activities, habits, mindsets, or choices we make that compromise the protective boundary ("fence") around our healthy thoughts.. In the Christian Mindset Makeover, we not only help you get to the root of unwanted behaviors and show you how to use brain science and biblically-based strategies to cultivate positive, Christ-centered thought patterns on a subconscious level, but we also help you support these new positive mindsets by helping you create a plan to emphasize boundary builders and minimize boundary breakers so you can stand strong against negative people.. You may feel bombarded by negative people or situations, but you don't have to let those determine where your perspective will dwell.


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