Learned helplessness

This is a topic I’ve touched upon lightly in other posts, Perfectly adequate and Chasing dopamine, but when a video came up in my recommended section which aligned with pretty much everything I had wanted to say and left unsaid (because of not being able to articulate) I wanted to post it right away.

Veritasium is pretty much a science channel explaining various concepts in a really accesible manner, but occasionally he comes up with videos like this :

(watch it and come back)

The motivational aspect of that video is important of course, and that was a lot of what I took away from it. Work wise, or life and productivity wise, I was happy the video was able to put a name (and scientific backing) to something I have experienced (and I’m sure many of you would have, too).

Because I inevitably seem to draw parallels to design processes and college education methods from seemingly random topics, I did for this too. It’s good to know why “Think outside the box” doesn’t work all the time, right? Learning to break out of the ‘learned helplessness’ of my work (ideology, design, skills) has always been my first challenge. 

I don’t really want to drag on because the video itself gave much food for thought. I want to keep this shorty because this was not what I planned my next post to be, it was supposed to be about my internship experience. That’s in the works. 🙂

There, I’ve said it. Now I’m accountable to you all.

3 thoughts on “Learned helplessness”

  1. Can you name a few incidents where you were faced with “learned helplessness” in your design life?

    1. Hey anonymous,

      Off the top of my head – my design presentation methods. A lot of the time I have been too concerned with what was “required” to spend too much time on what could best represent my design and satisfy all the requirements.

      This is something very basic, of course but if more people chip in with their experiences I think I could turn this into another post.

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