Some ideas for preempting “learned helplessness”

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As I mentioned in last week’s post on attributional styles, I have been listening to the You Are Not So Smart podcast – and especially episode 52 on learned helplessness. It’s got me thinking about how learned helplessness can apply in various situations we encounter in our lives. And what we can do about it. What is “learned helplessness”? Learned … Read More

How your “attributional style” determines your effectiveness at work

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How do you respond when something negative happens to you at work? What explanation do you give it? What meaning do you attribute to┬áit? Psychologists think that we all have pretty stable “attributional styles” that come into play when we are confronted with a negative situation. Some of us will consistently bring a positive attributional style to bear to explain … Read More