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A theory by the famous Martin Seligman about how to turn learned helplessness around. Notice the steps in this model follow the first 5 letters of the alphabet.

Adversity: recognize when adversity strikes. damn, i failed out of college.

Beliefs: be aware of what you believe about the adversity. i am an idiot, this is the proof that everyone has been looking for.

Consequences: what consequences flow from your beliefs? i might as well settle for a life with less ambitious goals. making popcorn at the drive-in was fine last summer so it will be fine for the rest of my life.


  • Is there any hard evidence backing this belief?
  • Are there alternate explanations for what happened
  • What are the implications of the beliefs, and are they worth holding on to?
  • How useful are these beliefs anyway, do they benefit me or anyone else?
  • wait, half the class failed that one course, and that other teacher hated me because i refused to be a school-robot!

    Energization: be aware of a set of new consequences that could stem from following different beliefs. summer school isn't that bad.

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