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Helplessness: On Depression, Development, and Death

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This volume demonstrates how learned helplessness develops and operates, and how it can lead to depression, anxiety, childhood failures, lack of motivation, and in extreme cases, sudden death. This is no "cure yourself" guide, but the theory Dr. Seligman presents does should offer hope, suggesting that depressed adults and children can "unlearn" helplessness and regain con ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by W.H. Freeman & Company (first published January 1st 1975)
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Seligman uses a workmanlike writing style to convey some significant results of his and others' psychological research on the phenomenon of "learned helplessness," a state where people and dogs and other things just give up on some task, or even die in some cases. Each chapter has a thesis that is supported by a litany of studies, and, as you might expect, these theses walk through the phenomena of depression, development, and death.

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Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychology. He was previously the Director of the Clinical Training Program in the department. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the widest margin in its history and served in that capacity during the 1998 term.[4] He is the founding editor-in-chief ...more