30th of April, 2015
Learned Helplessness. I've come across the idea in the wonderful video on a Youtube channel, Veritasium. I'll try summarize most of it. This may be hard to hear for fellow dog (animal) lovers.
See, evil experiments on animals littered our past. And, the experiment that laid the foundation for the study of learned helplessness, involved dogs.
One control group was shocked, yet was allowed an escape. The other had to endure the pain.
The experiment was repeated some weeks later, but this time both groups had an escape.
Results: control group escapes.
the group without an escape failed to escape even when it had the option.
A similar result was found with humans.
Anyway, the idea is that if we force animals to endure (maybe even students) suffering by taking away their volition from a situation,then they believe--intuitively, subconsciously, neuronally, whatever--their punishment, actions, LIFE, cannot be under conscious control. They forget how much control they actually have for any given situation.
A silver lining exists, however. The animals must be removed from the environment, and shown that there is an escape--that they have control--they will get past this mentality. And so too will people.
Certainly, past scientists weren't the moral Ubermensch we are today.
But, at the very least, the experiments did serve the purpose of enriching human knowledge. Still sound evil? Try looking at Stanford's Professor Zimbardo's experiment!
The learned helplessness mentality has afflicted me. I am failing with my diet, exercise, writing, reading, and job search because I forget how much control I actually have.
But now I know.
I hope you know too.
always take care.