unlike our tortured brothers, we are not helpless

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The University of Pennsylvania psychologist whose research "formed the psychological underpinnings of the Bush administration's torture program" has been granted a $31-million no-bid Army contract to provide "resilience training" to US soldiers.


Dr. Martin Seligman is "most famous for his work in the 1960s in which he was able to psychologically destroy caged dogs by subjecting them to repeated electric shocks with no hope of escape. The dogs broke down completely and ultimately would not attempt to escape through an open cage door when given the opportunity to avoid more pain. Seligman called the phenomenon 'learned helplessness.'"

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