From Learned Helplessness to Hope: A Case Study

From Learned Helplessness to Hope: A Case Study

The narrative approach is based on the idea that the stories people live by are not a mirror of a person’s life but are actually shaping of people’s real experiences. The spontaneous intervention of a campaign video containing a counter-viewing narrative telling about a current or future fulfilling life as opposed to past negative life experiences can deliver a message of hope.

As for Snyder’s hope concept, more research is needed to develop a model for cases when learned helplessness is visible.

Indeed the It Gets Better movement shook systems; familial, religious, political, legislative, medical, educational, and mental health. Yet, in 2019 as the suicide rates remain high and continue to grow, taking the lives of kids, hope is urgently and desperately sought in this field of gender diversity.

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Vered StolarskiDr. Vered Stolarski was born and raised in Ramat Gan, Israel. She had a career as a teacher and educator in public and private schools in Israel and the United States. She obtained her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, California in 2019. She is a lifelong yoga practitioner and instructor and has a special interest in movement, yoga therapy, and body intelligence. She draws ideas from positive psychology and the wisdom of body-mind integration philosophies. Dr. Stolarski is bilingual in Hebrew and English.

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