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learned helplessness

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Definition of learned helplessness in English:

noun

[mass noun] Psychiatry
A condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed. It is thought to be one of the underlying causes of depression.
Example sentences
  • But it does demonstrate what damage learned helplessness can do in making people live a life of fear.
  • This list provides a forum for scholarly discussion of learned helplessness and explanatory style.
  • The involvement of opioid system on the learned helplessness model of depression was investigated.

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