Ex-JW and Learned Helplessness

The subject of my honors research is Learned Helplessness.  This is a subject that is of interest to Jehovah's Witnesses, active and former, because they too may experience Learned Helplessness.  Let's discuss what helplessness is and why it might be affecting you. Learned Helplessness was discovered by Martin Seligman.  In addition to publishing various research …

The effect of neonatal Handling on the learned helplessness model of depression.

Researchers examined the effects of neonatal handling on learned helplessness (LH) in rats.  They discuss prior research that showed a variety of benefits associated with neonatal handling such as improved escape latency and lower emotional reactivity.  They express that rats who have been handled have a permanent augmentation of the glucocorticoid receptors in their hippocampi. …

Impairment of spatial learning and memory induced by learned helplessness and chronic mild stress.

This study examined the influence of learned helplessness (LH) and chronic mild stress (CMS) on spatial learning and memory in mice.  Researchers indicate that the hippocampal complex plays an important role in many common psychiatric disorders, spatial awareness, and is also involved in LH which is similar to depression in humans.   There were 6 groups …