depression is the result of learned helplessness
Martin Seligman and his colleagues suggested that depression is the result of learned helplessness. They proposed that depression, like learned helplessness, is the result of inescapable trauma or negative situations. The person learns that s/he has no control over these negative events and stops trying to respond in an efficient, adaptive manner. The individual thus learns to be helpless.
- Provide examples of how such a model of depression might apply?
- Discuss the revised learned helplessness theory and give examples of internal, global, and stable attributions that could contribute to depression.