Learned helplessness is behavior exhibited by a subject after enduring repeated aversive stimuli beyond their control. It was initially thought to be caused from the subject’s acceptance of their powerlessness: discontinuing attempts to escape or avoid the aversive stimulus, even when such alternatives are unambiguously presented. Upon exhibiting such behavior, the subject was said to have acquired learned helplessness.
“In humans, learned helplessness is related to the concept of self-efficacy; the individual’s belief in their innate ability to achieve goals. Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from such real or perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation.”
Wikipedia, Learned helplessness
acceptance of their powerlessness
Part of minimalism is learning to do more things for yourself. Get rid of services that you don’t need, as well as material things. Stop relinquishing power to corporations. They do more than sell you on the benefits of convenience. Slowly and insidiously, they teach you that you can’t. You’re not capable. The only way to accomplish things is to buy the solution that only they can sell to you.
Why are we so depressed? Because we feel helpless. Why do we feel helpless? They convince us we’re powerless. Why are powerless? We aren’t. They convince us that we are dependent on things that we don’t even need. Why are we anxious? We can’t afford things we’ve been taught we must have, even though we don’t need them.
Your mileage may vary, as will your needs.
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