Identity, Personality, GRIT and Emotional Intelligence (Key Takeaways from PSE)

We are currently in the fourth week of PSE. Through the four lessons, we have learned about identity, emotional intelligence and GRIT and how these skills and qualities will help us through not only our journey in IB but also through our lives. We have been taught the many factors that will advance our skills in accomplishing our goals and will allow us to work harder as well as smarter. GRIT is a major part of learning and is a way of learning that needs to be followed and will result in great outcomes. GRIT relates to the idea of resilience. The idea that if you work hard enough, you will accomplish it no matter your level. Of course, GRIT also takes in the idea of possibility. For example, if you are not biologically capable, then there is no amount of trying that will allow you to accomplish your goal then the goal is not accomplishable. We also learnt about emotional intelligence and what it means. The idea of being able to connect with not only others but also your own feelings. Emotional Intelligence shows us the ways that we can understand other’s feelings and how to help and support those who require it. This will help me throughout IB and past it through life as there will always be someone who needs emotional support and thus this skill will be useful throughout life. Along with this, we also learnt about Personality and identity. We learnt about the different personality types and how each type functions along with the fact that all of identity and personality are very complex. Being knowledgeable in the different types of personality and the complexity of identity will allow me to understand and connect to the different personality and identity as well as allow me to find my own identity and personality.

Growth Mindset

I have a growth mindset for close to all of my subjects. I strongly believe that I can get better at anything if I work hard enough. There may be barriers that I will need to get past and there may be a few things that may not be in the realm of possibilities, however, I believe that anything that is available to me can be improved greatly with hard work and practice.

Currently, my Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Psychology, and TOK are at a very high level on the scale of a growth mindset. The main reason for this is because of my interest in the subjects. They allow a lot of exploration and covering of many ideas that I may be curious about. I think that I will be able to have a growth mindset as long as I am curious about something in the subject which means that I doubt I will run out of fuel to keep working hard in these areas soon. A subject where I have a slightly more fixed mindset is Spanish which may be because of my poor performance in grade 9 and 10 but I think that I will still be able to improve greatly if I focus and work hard in and out of class. To bring my mindset close to a growth mindset I should try and work on some goals for myself and plan out a long-term timetable.

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