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Personal Growth: The Latest Insights on How We Learn from Our Own and Others’ Failures (S5)

Monday, 10 July 2023
9:00am - 10:30am

Aristotelis II

Personal growth and failures come in diverse forms that demand closer scientific examination. Our papers offer new insights into how people can leverage their own and others’ potential across different domains. The first two papers focus on non-moral domains (e.g., task engagement, societal problems), demonstrating how people’s beliefs can influence their response to their own and others’ failures. Wallace et al. find that growth mindsets vary in the certainty with which they are held and that mindsets held with certainty are most likely to guide outcomes. Eskreis-Winkler et al. elucidate mistaken beliefs in how frequently others fail. The next two talks shift toward the moral domain (e.g., redeeming oneself after harming others). Smith et al. provide a novel theoretical model of how adults develop moral character over time at work. Frey et al. find systematic variation in how well people come back from sexual harassment accusations. The final paper by Kim et al. attempts to bridge the gap between these two domains by focusing on feedback-giving as a novel and potentially constructive response to others’ moral and non-moral shortcomings together. Our symposium provides future directions for understanding personal development as a pathway to conflict management.

Symposium Organizers: Yena Kim, University of Chicago; Laura E. Wallace, University of Chicago

When Do Mindsets Predict Interest in a Culture of Growth vs. Genius? A Mindset Certainty Perspective
Laura Wallace, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
The Failure Gap
Lauren Eskreis-Winkler, The Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University
Moral Character Development at Work: The “Catalytic Moral Moments” (CMM) Model
Isaac Smith, The Marriott School of Business, Brigham Young University
When and How Public Figures Make Professional Comebacks Following MeToo Accusations
Erin Frey, The Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Giving Feedback on Others’ (Moral and Non-Moral) Shortcomings: A Meta-Analysis
Yena Kim, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business


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