Define Seligman's Theory Of Learned Behavior

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Week #2 Questions
1. Compare and contrast psychosocially healthy people with their "unhealthy" counterparts. What differences do you notice in psychosocially healthy people? Compared to people who are psychosocially unhealthy, psychosocially healthy people are able to communicate and relate to others, they are also a part of the community, valid, and have strong social bonds and support. On the other hand, people who are not psychosocially healthy have trouble communicating with others, fitting into society, accepting/giving support, and sometimes being empathetic. Both psychosocially healthy and unhealthy people can benefit from learning from their behaviors, emotions, and the consequences of their actions to better themselves.
2. Define
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Define Seligman's learned optimism as a counterpart to learned helplessness. Learned behaviors are behaviors that are not innate or instinctual, they are learned from experience, gained through observation, or taught. Seligman’s theory of learned helpless reasons that a person who feels helpless, hopeless, or like they are constantly failing, begins to expect failure and blame others as a coping mechanism. On the other hand, learned optimism is the ability to observe, criticize, and correct negative thoughts and behaviors. Of the two learned behaviors, learned optimism is ideal because it can increase self-efficacy and result in a more positive outlook on …show more content…
Woman are also more likely to have coping mechanisms that result in a negative perspective, negative thoughts, and unhealthy behavior or habits as compared to men. In America there are behaviors and attitudes that are expected differently of men and women, and these stereotypes allow women to be more open about emotional illnesses and emotions in general. These three reasons are thought to explain the larger number of woman that suffer from depression than men.
9. Explain why depression has become a concern for college students and what some of the causes are. Depression has become a concern for college students because of the growing number of students with depression, the number of students who have thought about suicide, and the number of student deaths caused by suicide. Some of the causes for depression in college students are poor self-efficacy/self-esteem, financial trouble, family and relationship problems, failing class, and existential crises.
10. List eight warning signs for suicide. Also give six actions which you might take if someone you know threatens

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