Learned helplessness


10 Mar
10Mar

Learned helplessness is perhaps something we have all experienced in one way or another. In this week’s episode, we look at what this means and how to discover or rediscover one’s capacity.

According to Psychology Today, “Learned helplessness occurs when an individual continuously faces a negative, uncontrollable situation and stops trying to change their circumstances, even when they have the ability to do so. Learned helplessness is the opposite of self-efficacy. It is the belief that what we do ultimately does not matter, that we will be stuck in the same life patterns no matter what we think, say, or do. When we learn to view ourselves as helpless, we give away our personal power, falling to the trap of uselessness and resignation.” Does this sound familiar? Have you ever experienced this, or are you currently experiencing a sense of helplessness? I certainly have.Generalisation from previous experiences can cause learned helplessness. This might sound like “things have always been this way, and they will always be this way”. This generalisation can be faulty because it does not distinguish between a long-lasting condition and one that is permanent. The same can be if we have been living a certain way for years. It will be hard to change but not necessarily impossible. The more we learn about learned helplessness, the less we will be trapped by it.  To read more or listen via the podcast click here


Written by Carmen Debono

26Aug
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