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Medical Term:

learned helplessness

Pronunciation: lernd help'les-nes

Definition: A laboratory model of depression involving both classical (respondent) and instrumental (operant) conditioning techniques; application of unavoidable shock is followed by failure to cope in situations in which coping might otherwise be possible.

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