An Antidote to Learned Helplessness

Learned Helplessness is a fascinating condition.  In essence, Learned Helplessness is a condition in which one comes to believe that one is completely helpless in a situation, even when one is not.  For some with learning differences, Learned Helplessness presents a significant challenge to goal attainment.  For these individuals, the very fact that they have a learning difference represents sufficient proof that they are helpless to overcome many of the challenges that their learning difference may present.  So, a critical challenge is to help a person with learning differences understand that they have agency.  In psychology, a “sense of agency” or one’s sense of control, is an individual’s sense of what they can do and what they think they can do.  What do you think?

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