Passion Struck with John R. Miles

What is Learned Helplessness and Six Ways You Can Unlearn It? with John R. Miles EP 127

April 22, 2022

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What Is Learned Helplessness and How Do You Overcome It?

In this episode of Passion Struck, I discuss learned helplessness psychology, unravel why we learn helplessness, the consequences of it in our lives, and provide six steps through which you can break free from its hold and become your true self via learned optimism.

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  • 0:00 Episode teaser and announcements
  • 2:47 The experience brought on by learned helplessness
  • 4:21 Story of learned helplessness psychology (Baby Elephant Syndrome)
  • 7:47 What does it mean to learn helplessness?
  • 9:23 How is helplessness learned?
  • 10:01 Learned helplessness psychology: what factors affect our ability to help ourselves
  • 11:40 What are the consequences of learned helplessness?
  • 14:26 Six steps to overcome learned helplessness?
  • 17:40 Breaking free from learned helplessness
  • 19:48 Wrap up and analysis

Links on Learned Helplessness

* Martin Seligman's Interview on learned helplessness:

* Angela Duckworth's Grit Scale Quiz:

* Angela Duckworth's Book: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance:  (links to Amazon)

* Dr. Marie Fang's video on learned helplessness:

* Click Here for the Transcript: 

* 9 Simple Ways to Create Work-Life Balance:

* Baby Elephant Syndrome:

*Learned Helplessness at Fifty: Insights from Neuroscience:

* PLOS One research:

* American Psychological Association research:

* Are you having trouble prioritizing yourself? John discusses the importance of self-love in Episode 104

* John explains why materialism is impacting your success and happiness in episode 96.

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* How do you strengthen your relationship with your best self? Explore episode 110.

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-- John R Miles is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Passion Struck. This full-service media company helps people live intentionally by creating best-in-class educational and entertainment content. John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, and author named to the ComputerWorld Top 100 IT Leaders.

John is the host of the Passion Struck Podcast, a show focused on exploring the mindset and philosophy of the world's highest achievers to learn their lessons to living intentionally. Passion Struck aspires to speak to the humanity of people in a way that makes them want to live better, be better and impact.

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