Even when the prison doors are left wide open, we sometimes refuse to attempt escape. Why is that?
In this episode, we learn all about the strange phenomenon of learned helplessness and how it keeps people in bad jobs, poor health, terrible relationships, and awful circumstances despite how easy it might be to escape any one of those scenarios with just one more effort.
You will learn how to defeat this psychological trap with advice from psychologists Jennifer Welbourne, who studies attributional styles in the workplace, and Kym Bennett who studies the effects of pessimism on health.
My takeaway is that learned helplessness can extend across different aspects of life, such as technology, finance, mathematics, or cooking. Like trials and errors, pain can be as constructive as I make it.
Content Disclaimer: Podcast content may contain emotionally-sensitive material for trauma or abuse survivors.