Today’s topic s learned helplessness.
This is a quote from Medical News Today. Learned helplessness is a state that occurs after a person has experienced a stressful situation repeatedly. They come to believe that they are unable to control or change the
Situation so they do not try, even when opportunities for change become available.
This is body of research that was done by Professor Martin Seligman. I remember having to study this for my psychology degree. It’s actually quite a fascinating piece of research, because what happens is that
the people, even if they can escape from the situation very often don’t. What he found was that the important thing was repetition of stressful situations. There is this feeling of just being trapped and then accepting the inevitable.
Where this condition is particularly noticeable is in victims of domestic abuse and violence. In this video we discuss this important topic.