Reality Check: “Grit” Just a Pop Psychology Myth
There was another British study which debunked this idea. Here is another study:
‘No evidence’ to support emphasis on grit
The significance of grit in helping us reach success has been greatly overstated, according to a new meta-analysis of existing research on the topic. In fact, Marcus Credé, an assistant professor at Iowa State University, and colleagues found no evidence that grit is a good predictor of success. “Nobody wants to hear that success in life is made up of many small factors that all add up.”
While some educators are working to enhance grit in students, ….there’s no indication that it’s possible to boost levels. And even if it were possible, it might not matter.
“If you look at the questions on the grit measure, they’re often almost identical to the questions that we ask when we measure conscientiousness. Many are almost word-for-word the same,” Credé says. “It’s really just a repackaging or relabeling of conscientiousness, which we’ve known about for over 50 years. It’s perhaps a sexier title, but it’s nothing new.”
There isn’t ‘one big thing’….“Nobody wants to hear that success in life is made up of many small factors that all add up. It’s your education, it’s how hard you work, it’s your conscientious and creativity—all these little pieces that add up,” Credé says.
“If you’re going to spend money on something, you need to figure out what really matters and if it is something we can shift. I think grit really fails in both of those,” Credé says. “We know from other meta-analyses that variables such as adjustment, study habits and skills, test anxiety, and class attendance are far more strongly related to performance than grit. We also know that we can help students adjust better, we can teach them how to study effectively, we can help them with their test anxiety, and we can make them come to class through interventions. I’m not sure we can do that with grit.”
Credé says there may be some value in separating the two components of grit—perseverance and consistency of interests—as a way to measure success. Perseverance was a stronger predictor of high school grade point average than overall grit scores. This component may hold promise for future research and in applied settings for intervention.