Monday, August 27, 2007

The Learned Helplessness Club


"Following the work of Martin Seligman, many psychiatrists now characterise depressed people as suffering from Learned Helplessness. Seligman's theory arose from the observation that dogs which were repeatedly given electric shocks over which they could exercise no control became listless and helpless - in many ways like depressed human. Studies of normal humans also revealed that they became helpless if given no control in experimental situations and he hypothesized that people became depressed as a result of being placed in situations where whatever they do makes no difference to what happens."

(Oliver James, Britain on the Couch, p50)

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