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.
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.
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Learned helplessness has a direct impact on airline business as air travel becomes a joyless affair and passengers interpret ancillary selling as "nickel and diming."
Hypothesis 1b: Dysfunctional attitudes and learned helplessness will together predict the coping styles of male drug abusers.
The role of expectations and attributions in the alleviation of learned helplessness, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31(4), 674-685.
The role of expectations and attributions in the alleviation of learned helplessness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31, 674-685.
Okuyama, "Availability of learned helplessness test as a model of depression compared to a forced swimming test in rats," Pharmacology, vol.
However, many of those I interviewed expressed extreme regret in the aftermath of the day while others demonstrated a learned helplessness towards stopping drinking on the day.
Learned helplessness, learned optimism, and sex role socialisation are well described to explain how they maintain BWS.
This effect has been termed learned helplessness (Seligman, 1975).
However well-intentioned, this use of power can result in lowered self-esteem, resentment, de-motivation, learned helplessness, and even mental health problems because people who feel powerless cannot be well adjusted--or even truly happy.
People who were apathetic mostly had a pessimistic point of view and as a result had developed the feelings of learned helplessness and believed that no matter what they do all their efforts will be fruitless.