Definitions for "Learned helplessness"
A condition created by exposure to inescapable aversive events. This retards or prevents learning in subsequent situations in which escape or avoidance is possible.
one of the main theories developed to explain the experience of depressions, derived from experiments in which animals, subjected to inescapable aversive stimulation, became very passive in their responding.
The phenomenon in which experience with an uncontrollable event creates passive behavior toward a subsequent threat to well-being