What are mindsets?


Mindsets are defined as core beliefs or assumptions about a domain or category that orient us towards specific expectations, explanations, and goals. They shape how we think and act by simplifying complex realities into manageable perceptions, influencing our motivation and responses. For example, a mindset on stress can determine whether we see it as beneficial or harmful, significantly affecting our psychological and physiological responses. Additionally, mindsets can be about various aspects like intelligence, health, or behavior, each profoundly influencing different areas of our life 1 2.

Understanding Mindsets

Ally Crum defines mindsets as core beliefs or assumptions that orient us to a particular set of expectations, explanations, and goals. Mindsets can be about stress, intelligence, food, medicines, and more. They shape and orient our thinking and action. Mindsets simplify life by constraining the number of things we have to consider.

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Dr. Alia Crum: Science of Mindsets for Health & Performance | Huberman Lab Podcast #56