Learned Helplessness

Sometimes we find ourselves in a mental state in which we feel unable to change a negative situation. If that happens for a prolonged period of time this can result in learned helplessness — we no longer even attempt to alter our circumstances. The concept was first introduced by Martin Seligman who noticed it in dogs that were repeatedly exposed to electric shocks and stopped trying to avoid them even when given the chance.

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00:00 Introduction
00:22 Martin Seligman & Steven F. Maier
00:38 The experiment
01:16 Conclusion
01:45 The story of Joe
02:42 What do you think?
03:03 Patron credits
03:12 Ending

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