Current State of Affairs
Learned helplessness is a mental state “mindset” that occurs after a person has experienced a stressful situation repeatedly. They come to believe that they are unable to control or change the situation, so they do not try — even when opportunities for change become available.
According to the American Psychological Association, learned helplessness occurs when someone repeatedly faces uncontrollable, stressful situations, then does not exercise control when it becomes available. They have "learned" that they are helpless in that situation and no longer try to change it, even when change is possible.
Once a person having this experience discovers that they cannot control events around them, they lose motivation. Even if an opportunity arises that allows the person to alter their circumstances, they do not take action.
Individuals experiencing learned helplessness are often less able to make decisions.
Learned helplessness can increase a person's risk of depression and greatly reduce productivity.
There are several factors in our current society that perpetuate the learned helplessness mindset
- Public schools focus solely on outward thinking learning (IQ) and do not provide inward facing learning (EQ)
- Schools also remove learning that stimulates divergent thinking (PE, Art, Music, Dance, Recess etc.)
- media (comparison) and sensationalism. “News” using fear-based sensationalism and “Social media uses fantasy-based sensationalism. Neither are real but people that struggle with learned helplessness often believe both are.
The ideal scenario
To improve or help an individual overcome the leaned helplessness mindset requires training and exposure to education and resources they haven’t been providing in school, home or work. Putting them in situations that challenge their current mindset and set them up for success. Teaching them how to do the following:
Not fear failure: Mentally tough people do NOT fear failure. They know it is going to happen at certain times. Being able to not fear failure allows you to take chances, push yourself and try new things. Not only do mentally tough people not fear failure they also don’t care about other people’s opinions. Unfortunately, we are taught in schools that failure is the worst thing that can happen. Mentally tough people know that’s not how the real world works. Failure is part of the game and often times it’s the best thing a person can do. Because it means you are trying. If you fail and don’t learn from it it is a mistake. If you fail and do learn from it, it is a lesson. Mentally tough people fully comprehend this and know that some of life’s best lessons come from failures.
Can handle feedback and criticism:In the padded and PC world we live in today where divergent thining is intentionally suppressed, especially with the ubiquity of social media, most people can’t handle criticism or feedback. Mentally tough people on the other hand know to things. Being able to give and receive feedback and criticism is essential for growth. They also know to not take advice from people whose opinions they don’t value. They can separate the “noise” from the truth.
Learning how to respond and not react: Mentally tough people are masters at being able to respond and not react. Especially when it comes to difficult or stressful situations. People that are not mentally though live a very reactive life. They are like firefighters running around always putting out fires. Mentally tough people now how to manage their time and focus on the things that matter. The stay calm and collected at all times and have optimum energy and focus for the things that do matter.
Strives for improvement and growth: Mentally tough people are passionate about continue personal growth and development. They know that if you aren’t moving forward then you are moving backwards in life (and standing still is the same as moving backwards). Mentally tough people seek out new ways to learn and grow. They want to develop themselves maximally so they can dominate their industry and lives.
Become resilient: Mentally tough people may get knocked down, but they NEVER stay down. They understand the trick is not how many times you get knocked down in life but how many times you get up. This skill gives them and ultimate edge over their peers who are usually (1) afraid of even getting knocked down (2) Stay down when it happens.
Boost solves this by
Learned helplessness can improved through mindfulness, emotional intelligence and cognitive fitness training that Boost provides.
Awareness: A person first must understand and be aware that they are probably suffering from a mindset of learned helplessness. And they must also know that this is not their fault. It is usually a result of circumstance and institutions outside of their control that have shaped these beliefs.
Taking control: Once the understanding and acceptance is in place then that person can begin the transformation. But it requires the right type of education and tools, and in a sequence that is about progressive acquisition of skills. That is exactly what Boost training provides. This skill takes time to develop. It can happen faster but it won’t be overnight.
Making the change: Boost provides training and techniques that really encourage you to dig deep, ask yourself challenging questions. Think about your thinking. Why do you believe what you believe? Could there be other ways to look and think about things? You know you have untapped potential. And with Boost training you can access that power and live the life you deserve!