learned helplessness

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learned help·less·ness

(lĕrnd help'les-nes),
A laboratory model of depression involving both classical (respondent) and instrumental (operant) conditioning techniques; application of unavoidable shock is followed by failure to cope in situations in which coping might otherwise be possible.

learned helplessness

[lurnd]
a behavioral state and personality trait of a person who believes that he or she is ineffectual, his or her responses are futile, and control over reinforcers in the environment has been lost. It may be seen in depression.
Animal behaviour A state of apathy or passiveness induced in experimental animals by classic—respondent or operant—instrumental conditioning
Geriatrics A state of over-dependency discordant with the degree of physical and mental disability seen in nursing home patients
Psychiatry A state in which a person attempts to maintain a relationship with another by adopting a helpless, powerless stance

learned helplessness

Geriatric medicine A state of overdependency discordant with the degree of physical and mental disability seen in nursing home Pts Psychiatry A condition in which a person attempts to establish and maintain contact with another by adopting a helpless, powerless stance.

learn·ed help·less·ness

(lĕrnd help'lĕs-nĕs)
A laboratory model of depression involving both classical (respondent) and instrumental (operant) conditioning techniques; application of unavoidable shock is followed by failure to cope in situations where coping might otherwise be possible.

learned helplessness

A state of deep passivity with lack of motivation, cognitive deficit and depression, liable to affect patients trapped in aversive situations such as prolonged inpatient stay or inadequate institutional care. The condition is remediable.

learned helplessness

a state of apathy and hopelessness in which the individual feels unable to affect outcomes, resulting from repeated exposure to uncontrollable situations.