Meaning of learned helplessness in English:

learned helplessness

noun

mass nounPsychiatry
  • A condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed. It is thought to be one of the underlying causes of depression.

    ‘But it does demonstrate what damage learned helplessness can do in making people live a life of fear.’
    • ‘This list provides a forum for scholarly discussion of learned helplessness and explanatory style.’
    • ‘The involvement of opioid system on the learned helplessness model of depression was investigated.’
    • ‘Replace these phrases with words that encourage independence and prevent learned helplessness in children.’
    • ‘As in life in general, it's hard to break out of a cycle of learned helplessness when it comes to computers.’