9/19/17 (Art by @amdebrincat✨) 7:13 P.M. Mood: aah. Thoughts: So, I'm reading this scientific article for my Lifespan Development class titled "Parent Praise to 1- to 3-Year-Olds Predicts Children's Motivational Frameworks 5 Years Later" (let me know if you're interested in who conducted this study and wrote the article). It's basically an article that questions if something called "process praise" (such as "you're working super hard!") yields more goal-oriented children who attribute success to hard work, and if "person praise" (like "you're super smart!") results in children feeling like their talents and smarts are fixed. Now, I was expecting to go into this reading and feel super bored and uninspired. But, actually, I'm even more inspired than when I first started reading (unsurprisingly, because I was....not inspired at first, lol)! I feel that this article could kind of tie in to what I was talking about before with negative mindsets hindering our ability to grow and learn more, but it takes it to a new level. It's just amazing that how we praise one another, or how we think of our own achievements and abilities, could tie in so much to what we feel we can do. If we're told things constantly that make us feel like our abilities are limited ("you're so smart" for doing that thing you did, and only in this moment), that becomes all that we feel like we're capable of doing. "Reach for the stars!" people say, but is that where we're supposed to stop? I can never talk about this enough, obviously. But, reading this article helps me realize how easily we let limiting each other and ourselves slip through the cracks. We've had no idea! We need to remind others (and especially ourselves) that we are capable of so much more than a certain amount of smarts and achievements. I believe that one of our sole purposes for even being on this Earth is to keep persevering past the bullshit we experience, and give a huge middle finger to limits entirely. Am I right, or am I right? Just because you've been told that you're smart, doesn't mean that, through constantly conditioning and toning those brain wrinkles, you can't get any smarter.