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What exactly is learned helplessness

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What exactly is learned helplessness?
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In essence, learned helplessness is when someone reaches the conclusion that no matter what they attempt, they cannot improve their situation. For example, if someone has a very difficult spouse, and whatever they try to do to be nice for their spouse is met with criticism or rejection, they may reach the conclusion that they cannot be effective with regard to that goal of theirs. If they get discouraged enough, they may feel helpless, namely, having "learned" that they are helpless to improve the situation.
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