We Can Do Anything But Not Everything

Have you ever found yourself trapped in life by “obligations” you don’t want to do, but feel like you have to? Perhaps your parents asked you to help them clean their house, or they say, “Carry this downstairs for me, thanks” without even pausing to see if you will say yes or no? If you have experienced this, as I have countless times, it means you essentially been trained to believe you don’t have a choice in doing things. This is called learned helplessness. It occurs when you have felt so long as if there is no alternative to saying “Yes” to something that you have forgotten that it’s OK to say “No”.

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