Gakked from fruvous

September 12, 2006 at 9:53 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | 6 Comments

This is a link to a short blurb comparing elephant training and Learned Helplessness in humans.

There is a tiny tiny voice in the back of my head that tells me not to post it because if I do, some people on my F-list will think that I am simplifying their lives and passing judgement.

But it’s just a tiny voice and I have enough faith in my friends to post it anyways.



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  1. I’m surprised the article didn’t mention Seligman — he’s the name associated with learned helplessness. Though I still want to slaughter him (if he’s not already dead) for abusing dogs.

  2. (and the occasionaly wanderer)

    this is so very true.
    It also reminds me of the story of Fenris….

    I’ve been fighting that “learned helplessness” pretty much all my life. My family is full of people with terrible self esteem and some family trads that reinforce that… so it’s been pretty much an uphill battle. Not that I’ve ever let it stop me.
    (it’s slowed me down a heck of a lot though)

  3. It’s OK, sweetie. I can totally recognize where my helplessness is learned, and where it’s actual helplessness (when I’m really sick). It isn’t patronizing.

  4. I wasn’t thinking of you when I included my disclaimer.

    And now kisses:



  5. Awwwwwwww. I feel so loved!

    Love you, Daddy.

    xoxo Princess

  6. I have to say I agree with the essence of the post. I try daily to embrace what my kids can do and have the courage to sit back and wait till the other stuff catches up, which in time, as experience has born out, they find a way to do.

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