The Chef Distributes work instructions ...
Monday morning, your boss hands out orders: "Please give me some info about our plans in Asia for next week's speech."
Wednesday afternoon, your boss looks thoughtfully at a piece of paper you gave him: "And you spent the last two days on that? Are you crazy? I can not talk about our expansion plans public out of the closet. The next week's speech will be about employee motivation. Googling that, I can not think of that ... "
The boss is pressing
Wednesday evening, your boss adds: "Oh, by the way, that has time until Friday. It's enough if I can read this on the weekend. "
Thursday morning, 8.30 clock: "Please remember the information for my speech? You know, it's next week, not two years from now! "
The boss does not know what he wants ...
Thursday morning, 10 clock: Your boss gives you a postcard that says, "Dear God, please do that I'm not always offended."
Monday night, your boss talks: "My charming co-worker has put together some pretty lovely things for me. But I have just decided: Today we want to talk about something completely different ... "
Do you have to endure your fate?
Are you familiar? Who does not know this feeling of helplessness? How do you help yourself? "Not at all", you may say, "I can not do anything about it anyway" - shrug her shoulders and endure her fate silently with clenched teeth.
And now we tell you: The problem exists above all in your head. Because you learned the helplessness. And it severely limits your life. But sometimes the solution is much simpler than you might think - and the learned helplessness is again lost, as the following experiment shows:
A dog life?
Let us assume for a moment that you are a dog - you can choose the breed. Let's suppose you're sitting in a cage and getting electric shocks (some people find it very appealing, so do not be ungrateful!).
Next to you you will see a small lever. They think, "Maybe I can turn off the power with it." And push down the lever.
But nothing happened. The surge arrives and goes - completely regardless of what you do.
At some point you will be put into another cage. There the electric shocks continue. In the wall you see a small flap.
What do you do?
You just have to shut up
The real dogs in this real experiment do nothing more. They sit and howl. They would have had to walk in the second cage, just a few steps to the side, and they would have been safe.
For the cage had two parts, and in the second there were no electric shocks. But the dogs had learned at the beginning that they could not escape the electric shock - no matter what they do. That's why they do not try to do it anymore.
They have "learned" that they are helpless. And that is exactly what you can unlearn again!
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