the act of giving up trying as a result of consistent failure to be rewarded in life, thought to be a cause of depression
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Words nearby learned helplessness
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Medical definitions for learned helplessness
A laboratory model of depression in which exposure to a series of unforeseen adverse situations gives rise to a sense of helplessness or an inability to cope with or devise ways to escape such situations, even when escape is possible.
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