This innovative text sheds light on how people work -- why they sometimes function well and, at other times, behave in ways that are self-defeating or destructive. The author presents her groundbreaking research on adaptive and maladaptive cognitive-motivational patterns and shows:

* How these patterns originate in people's self-theories
* Their consequences for the person -- for achievement, social relationships, and emotional well-being
* Their consequences for society, from issues of human potential to stereotyping and intergroup relations
* The experiences that create them

This outstanding text is a must-read for researchers in social psychology, child development, and education, and is appropriate for both graduate and senior undergraduate students in these areas.

chapter 8|8 pages

Why Confidence and Success Are Not Enough

chapter 9|5 pages

What Is IQ and Does It Matter?

chapter 12|7 pages

Belief in the Potential to Change

chapter 13|6 pages

Holding and Forming Stereotypes

chapter 19|7 pages

Final Thoughts on Controversial Issues