But what if no matter what a person does, she truly feels she can 't change her situation? That person develops what is called "learned helplessness". These traits include:
If the unchangeable situation continues, the person will begin to make attributions that everything is out of his or her control including:
Then, the helplessness becomes a self fulfilling prophecy because they give up. Learned helplessness has been used to explain the symptoms and high rates of depression found in people who have a lot of stress and very few ways to control it.
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