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If you can play the piano but just don’t, your ability for that skill is outweighing your disposition to practice it.
Thus spaketh Shari Tishman, a Harvard education scholar. She also points out that this discrepancy between ability and inclination can extend into our thinking tendencies.
Drake Baer of Business Insider explains that people who potentially can see both sides of an issue often don’t bother to.
Making full use of your thinking abilities therefore means having both the ability and the inclination to do so.
Baer lists Tishman’s recommended core “thinking dispositions.” Tishman’s ideal intellectual scenario would include a thinker who is open-minded, zestfully curious, able
to clarify and conceptualize, disposed toward setting goals and executing plans, careful and precise, assessing and evaluative, and reflective of his or her own thinking patterns.
Baer concludes: “Thinking about your thinking dispositions – rather than how innately smart you are” helps to cultivate a “growth mindset.”
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