Understanding what learned defenselessness is Understanding what learned defenselessness is

This psychologic behavior implies taking refuge in adversities and negative situations.

The School of Psychology in the Universidad de Barcelona explains that the theory of learned defenselessness arose on the basis of the experiments made by the American Psychologist Martin Seligman, in the 70s. This behavior consists in an attitude of evasion, inaction and loss of every confronting answer in front of negative circumstances, notwithstanding if the same have a potential solution.

Likewise, this behavior reinforces in his/her sensation of being defenseless and doing nothing to such respect, which leads the individual to do nothing for avoiding suffering, in case of being affected by it. There is not any specific fact, as such, that generates defenseless, but this is a scheme of thought that gradually develops.

According to the web site Psychology and Mind, prepared by psychologists and students, a human being or an animal inhibits himself / itself in front of painful situations, can be predisposed to passiveness in front of problems, especially if the actions to resolve them, have not resulted favorable. Learned defenselessness also manifest in delay when initiating voluntary responses in front of determined circumstances and can even become into anxiety and depression conditions, affecting the capacity the individual has for resolving problems. It is important to clarify that who identifies with this psychologic behavior does not feel bad because he/she desires to feel bad, but because his/her psyche has consolidated charts that restrain him/her at the time of changing his/her own situation, the psychotherapy, for example, is a good tool for treating this disorder.

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