Articles by Terrence McCoy

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‘Learned Helplessness’: The Chilling Psychological Concept behind the CIA’s Interrogation Methods
Terrence McCoy – The Washington Post, 15 Dec 2014

[The qualification ‘torture’ is not used one single time in this piece. –TMS editor] The concept: “exposing organisms to aversive events which they cannot control,” according to a later paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology co-authored by Martin E. Seligman. Learned helplessness occurs when a subject is so broken he will not even attempt escape if the opportunity presents itself.

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