Shy people can be put off by those with a superior attitude. This is the second type of personality trait a person with a fixed mindset tends to have. The people who feel superior than others and can make someone feel bad about his or her self.
This is where bullying becomes a major issue in schools and society. A fixed mindset can be detrimental to the development of children in both their growth and personalities. When a student with a fixed mindset, one that marks them as shy, he or she is less likely to make friends or interact with others. This can make them targets for bullying from those with the more superior attitude.
As a teacher, my goal is to help students develop and keep a growth mindset. In class, we practice taking those common "I'm never going to learn this, I'm not smart enough" phrases and turning them into phrases that encourage a growth mindset. The picture below is from our classroom. I gave the students a sheet with the fixed mindset phrases on it. I read each phrase out loud and gave students an opportunity to develop and share a growth mindset way to verbally express the original phrase. We shared and talked about why the phrases they came up with were better options. I made posters and hung them on the wall.
Students often catch themselves and refer to the posters and phrases to help encourage their brains to grow. It has been wonderful to see the change in many of them from the beginning of the year to now. It is helping them to develop independence and confidence. I have also seen a change of behavior. They are more mindful of how they speak to one another and how they speak about themselves.