Research shows positive thinking and other skills can be learned to change negative behaviors.

Adolescents believe everyone have certain personality traits which cannot be changed. This research is designed to challenge this idea specifically as it relates to aggression. The incremental theory discussed in the article helps to decrease levels of aggression in schools. It was found that interventions which teach coping skills can reduce aggression. These coping skills include thinking positively and coping productively. They improve response to exclusion, fewer depressive symptoms, and less frequent feelings of victimization.


Published by the US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health

Research by David Scott Yeager, Kali H Trzesniewski, and Carol S Dweck

Original research title: An Implicit Theories of Personality Intervention Reduces Adolescent Aggression in Response to Victimization and Exclusion

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