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Learned Helplessness

Have you ever heard of the concept of learned helplessness?  There was a terrible experiment by US psychologist, Martin Seligman in 1967, where a dog is repeatedly exposed to an aversive stimulus which it cannot escape.  Eventually, the animal stops trying avoid the stimulus and behaves as if it is helpless to the change the stimulus.   When the opportunity to escape becomes available, learned helplessness means the animal does not take any action. (Seligman, M.E.P.; Maier, S.F. (1967). “Failure to escape traumatic shock”. Journal of Experimental Psychology 74: 1–9) What. The. Fuck. I need to go hug my cat now. When people feel that they have no control over a situation, they may also begin to behave in a helpless manner.  This inaction can lead people to overlook opportunities for relief or change.  Oftentimes, people tend to look for external forces to blame for failures.  The feeling of helplessness or out of control in any situation in uncomfortable and can cause secondary feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.

Demystifying the 7 Chakras: part 2, your root chakra

This part two of eight posts about your chakras.  We are starting with your root and working our way up to your crown. The root chakra, or muladhara, is your first chakra and is located at the base of the spine.  It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth.  It is your survival center, your fight or flight response is initiated from this chakra, this is your primal, animal nature.  It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless. It is important  to balance the root chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure. Blocks in the root chakra make us feel insecure, scared, anxious. To get rid of the blocks, you need to face your fears, deal with them and let go. To …