Learned Helplessness

Learned Helplessness

It is a mental surrender towards the unfavourable or stressful situations that happen repeatedly. A person who has ‘learned’ to be helpless observes the bad event or circumstance and feels that there is nothing that can be done.

It is found in both humans and animals and was discovered in 1967 in a bizarre psychological experiment using electric shocks on dogs.

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Self Improvement


One can overcome learned helplessness by changing the attribution style, or the way one looks at the causes of events in one’s life.

  1. We tend to blame ourselves for the unpleasant situation and need to look towards external causes, instead of focusing on our perceived bad traits.
  2. We seem to assume that things are permanent and the bad situation will always remain so, which is not the case.
  3. We assume that the problem will be consistent in all environments, and need to localize the bad experience, instead of making it a pervasive one in our minds.

According to extensive research on humans and animals, regular exercise is the most efficient way to overcome learned helplessness is it safe, effective and releases serotonin in the brain.

Try being positive and do some regular exercise to remove the mental block of learned helplessness.

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Ordinary and altered states of consciousness

Altered states of consciousness can only be defined if there is an understanding of an ordinary state of consciousness.

While scientists can't agree on a clear definition, altered states of consciousness are nevertheless essential to understanding the human mind.

Altered states of consciousness: the elusiveness of the mind - Ness Labs


Learning to worry well

Worry is generally seen as a negative thing. But it could also have a positive function.

Worry is an adaptive function to better solve problems and imagine creative solutions. And worrying well is a skill anyone can learn.

Worrying well: how to bring wisdom to your worries - Ness Labs


Being right is ingrained

The phenomenon to be right start from a very young age as children are taught the benefits of being right. The schooling system is established on the standard of right and wrong answers. The primary goal becomes getting the correct answer quickly.

This mental model is carried into adulthood as being part of us.

Why do we need to be right? - Ness Labs


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