"Learned helplessness is the giving up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn't matter.
Explanatory style is the manner in which you habitually explain to yourself why events happen. It is the great modulator of learned helplessness.
An optimistic explanatory style stops helplessness, whereas a pessimistic explanatory style spreads helplessness."
-- Martin Seligman from "Learned Optimism"
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