Motivated Helplessness COVID-19

Uri Lifshin, Mario Mikulincer & Mabelle Kretchner
We tested the hypothesis that feelings of helplessness – i.e., the perception that one is unable to control and prevent negative events – may serve a protective psychological function against fear and anxiety arousal in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an international online sample (N = 3,632), we found a curvilinear relationship between feeling helpless to avoid being infected with COVID-19 and self-reported anxiety. Individuals who reported either low or high degrees of...
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