According to my latest research, in order to build characteristics like perseverance and grit, we need to use PROCESS based praise!!! (e.g., "Wow! You did some tough thinking in order to get to that checkpoint, Phatty!")
Imagine that...I've been building apathy since 2008. :(
So many theories. Someone had to be wrong. But maybe we can submit our study results of how our sample group felt so rewarded and encouraged, and motivated by wanting to earn the next opportunity to kiss our brain. That reward felt great. All that the process-based approach does for me is make me learn and think about how to do even better next time, and how it might be applied to other situations - boring ;)
I see the reasoning - apparently this way the kids see the role of potential and hard work. Think growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.
But I'll be honest, I like a little praise to make me train/work/eat harder!
"Wow, you had to be impressively honest with yourself in order to conclude that you enjoy praise for good results, Hermes!"
Nice job Hermes, kiss your brain!
"It feels good to be honest!" See. It's working.