Learning to Overcome Adversity | Psychology of Learned Helplessness

Did you know that helplessness is usually a learned state of being?

It is. We’re a lot like dogs in that regard. Grant’s story illustrates that for us.

“I am completely lost.” Grant said. “The economy is in shambles. I lost my job. This president…”

I stopped him right there.

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“Grant, you feel helpless don’t you?” I asked him as compassionately as I know how.

“But I am helpless. You have no idea what it’s like to feel this way.”

“You’re right,” I stated matter-of-factly. “I don’t know what it’s like to feel exactly as you do.”