Try, fail, try again

Research shows girls and boys respond to failure differently


According to author Jessica Lahey, young women are more vulnerable than boys when it comes to failing. Research she compiled in a new book shows that girls interpret failure or mistakes as a “sign they lack ability,” a change that is out of their control, while boys attribute failure to controllable circumstances. When girls are “rescued” from failure, they lose motivation at a higher rate than boys. Lahey insists that parents should let children of both genders screw up because, otherwise, they are given the message that they are “incompetent, incapable and unworthy of our trust,” she said.

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