Angela Duckworth Responds to a New Critique of Grit

The study, “Much Ado about Grit: A Meta-Analytic Synthesis of the Grit Literature,” will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It analyzes 88 separate studies by Angela Duckworth and others. “My overall assessment is that grit is far less important than has commonly been assumed and claimed,” says the lead author, Marcus Crede, an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University. “And it doesn’t tell us anything that we don’t already know.” Duckworth has now responded in detail to the charges in the paper — and acknowledges some of the points are correct.

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