Often, we do and say little things that hinder our own growth and success. It’s not intentional, however. In my post, “Emotional Abuse: Identifying the Signs, Breaking the Cycle,” I briefly discussed a condition called learned helplessness. It’s actually amazing that as I began searching for information to help me better convey the subject matter to my readers, I felt that the some of the articles and videos were posted specifically for me! One of the main culprits of learned helplessness is prolonged exposure to excessive criticism. It occurred to me that lots children and adults are told terrible things such as, “You aren’t going to amount to anything,” or “You’re not as smart as your sister…you’ll never measure up,” or even, “You’re nothing but a failure! You can’t do anything right!” So, what happens? They go on through life, afraid to take chances, because this garbage has been ingrained. They may even say self depreciating things when others encourage them to attempt to reach their goals. Do you know someone whom, no matter how great you think they are, that person just cannot see themselves in the positive way you do? I do…I’m writing a book about it too!
In my search for further understanding of how learned helplessness works, I stumbled upon this video which was posted a few years ago by Kathy Wilson. Therefore, rather than me rambling on for another thousand words, watch and be enlightened!
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