Are women more prone to learned helplessness? In the context of eastern countries, women face alot of hardships and give up their dreams more easily leading to learned helplessness. A lot of young women in india give up their desires nad their aspirations due to cultural pressure as india is a country of more rural area than urban.

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Yes. I know in my country the drama of novellas entrance women to the point of obsession, and they end up acting like the women in the soap opera, who are often damisels in distress. Drama is Queen back home, and unfortunately this mode of entertainment is taking over all...

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Yes. I know in my country the drama of novellas entrance women to the point of obsession, and they end up acting like the women in the soap opera, who are often damisels in distress. Drama is Queen back home, and unfortunately this mode of entertainment is taking over all their mental capacity and enfeebleing them.

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I agree that the situation still exists, but is more prevalent in some cultures than in others. Learned helplessness comes from socio-political socialization, and that comes from family, school, and the media in varying degrees. If the woman is from a culture where helplessness and dependency is taught to women at an early age from families and in schools, and if the media enforces and embraces this as well, then there is definitely a better chance that she will grow up with a greater degree of learned helplessness. However, if any one of those influences shifts (which is why some countries keep a tight reign on education and the media because they don't want progressive ideology making its way to the people) then this is where the pattern begins to shift. This is exactly what changed us in America. We started to see women such as Sojourner Truth in the mid to late 1800's speaking our for women's suffrage, and the educated started to listen and take note, and schools began to toy with the idea of equality, and as women became teachers they remembered Truth and others and they passed that memory on until the women's rights movement grew.

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I would agree that it more of a cultural thing than learned helplessness. I think of learned helplessness as being more like having things done for you so much that you become dependent on that.

Women in other cultures are raised in a way that molds them for the roles they are supposed to fill.

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I would agree that it's a cultural thing...and your point about certain eastern countries is well taken. I've wondered, however, if the U.S. isn't creating a whole generation of children with learned helplessness...both genders. So much is done for kids these days. And the whole "feel good" culture...we tell children they're doing a "good job" when they've not really done anything spectacular. I'm currently teaching a little boy who seems to have a lot of the characteristics of a child with learned helplessness. He doesn't do much in class. Wanders. Not ADHD. But with a hovering mother who makes excuses for his issues. No diagnosed special need. He seems to think he can't do things. And when I give him a little push, he can. But somehow, somewhere, he's learned not to try.

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This is indeed a cultural thing, as mentioned above women in the Eastern Countries are not allowed to pursue their own desires as far as outside jobs or education. In the US we are getting to a point where women are able to pursue these things, however the desire so often depends on the way the young lady was raised.

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Even in this country it is true to a certain extent.  People internalize what they know...if they come from a family where abuse is common, that's what they think is "normal".  It takes an awful lot of counseling and living outside of the abuse to "reprogram" that learned way of living and coping with negative stimuli.

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This is undoubtedly true in many countries, but I think the situation is changing for some women. More women are being "allowed" to pursue opportunities outside of what has traditionally been accepted or permitted—education is quite possibly one of these areas.

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