Question on the power of "Hope"

Dr. Jim Stevenson jims at
Sun Nov 3 09:45:50 EST 1996

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Learned Helplessness
Learned Optimism
What you Can Change, and What you Can't

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For those who wait until they are sick, it will be too late.

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Long healthy life.

In article <55ho9t$p4j at>,
John Ross <jross at> wrote:
>I remember seeing a film not too long ago, I think it was called The
>Rat Catcher and it was from Poland (I think). It was a documentary
>type film on, you guessed it, about a rat catcher. Fascinating stuff,
>seems that the average rat is really quite intelligent.
>But my question relates to an intro on the film about what appeared to
>be laboratory footage on rats that were dropped into an glass tank of
>water and left to drown.
>The first rat was placed into the water and it swam around for
>something like 30mins before it tired, gave up and drowned.
>The second rat was dropped in and just as it was tiring and about to
>go under it was taken out. After a few minutes rest, it was dropped
>back in, but this time it lasted about 15 hrs before it drowned. Or so
>the voiceover was saying, suggesting that it was the "hope" of another
>rescue that kept it going.
>15 hrs seems a bit long to me and and I don't usually blindly accept
>TV "facts", but the idea of hope keeping motivation alive seems
>sensible. Anybody know of any studies on the subject of hope or care
>to comment on the above.

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