There is a growing body of evidence that our personality, the way we behave and the results we achieve are underpinned by our internal narratives or mindsets. Some of these narratives become negative and drive avoidant or self-limiting behaviour and constrain the scale and quality of outcomes that are possible. In the workplace these narratives occur as limiting or disempowering thoughts in the form of “I can’t….,” “I mustn’t……,” “I shouldn’t……,” or “If I do ……. something bad will happen.” The key to transforming these limiting or unhelpful behaviours is to identify, challenge and change the internal narrative through practices such as Prof Timothy Wilson’s story editing.
See the following for details of the research and evidence:
- McAdams, D. P. (2009). “The person: An introduction to the science of personality psychology” (5th Ed.). New York: Wiley
- Harvard business review – https://hbr.org/2014/11/how-companies-can-profit-from-a-growth-mindset
- Wilson, T. D. (2011). Redirect: The surprising new science of psychological change. New York: Little, Brown.
- Wilson, T. D. (2011, August 29). Story-editing. PowellsBooks.Blog (http://www.powells.com/blog/original-essays/story-editing-by-timothy-wilson/)
- Wilson, T. D. (2013, July 12). The psychology of success: Helping students achieve. LiveScience.com. http://www.livescience.com/38164-psychological-interventions-for- kids.html
- Psychology Today – https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-wise/201306/how-stories-can-permanently-change-behavior
- American Psychology Association – http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/03/revising.aspx
- Evidence Into Practice – https://evidenceintopractice.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/growth-mindset-its-not-magic/
- Carless; Douglas. “In the Boat but Selling Myself Short:Stories, Narratives, and Identity Development in Elite Sport”. The Sport Psychologist 27 (1): 27–29.
- Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House.