Learned Helplessness

September 7, 2010

The Misconception: If you are in a bad situation, you will do whatever you can do to escape it.

The Truth: If you feel like you aren’t in control of your destiny, you will give up and accept whatever situation you are in.”


Learned Helplessness
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One Response to Learned Helplessness

  1. Mal on September 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I have learned about this before. In Health Psychology we discussed the study of nursing home residents who were given a choice in their activities. Their health improved significantly. Having control to make our own choices is important to us. According to the article: “When you are able to succeed at easy tasks, hard tasks feel possible to accomplish. When you are unable to succeed at small tasks, everything seems harder.” I couldn’t agree more.

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