Getting Over Learnt Powerlessness

Once again I'm in France. Once again I focus on raising my energy, my mindset and my expertise as a Méta® coach by attending relevant events. And over the week-end, the main concept I took is "learnt powerlessness".


1) Victimhood

A more familiar way to talk about "learnt powerlessness" is "victimhood". We all know the kind of people who keep on complaining about their issues without really wanting to change.

You might be honest enough to see that behavior in yourself. 

And if you're more "advanced", you might even know about Karpman's drama triangle, when a "victim" lives in symbiosis with a "rescuer" and a "persecutor".

People tend to have a favorite role but in practice, you can easily switch between one role and another. 

For example, I call you: "I don't have a babysitter and everything in my life is falling apart!". I'm a victim and you're a listener, who might choose to respond as a rescuer: "Send your kids along!". But then, if I do this every week, who is the victim now?

The problem with victimhood as a word, or even with the drama triangle, is that it's relatively easy to spot but it's hard to do anything about it. Even alternative versions of the triangle, created to address this very issue, are for me problematic.

First of all, although everybody agrees with the three roles of the drama triangle, there are several versions of the opposite triangle, such as "creator - coach - challenger" or "caring - assertive - vulnerable". 

Then, looking at these words, they might sound good but they don't intuitively tell me what to do today.

Third, they don't intuitively give perspective about why there should be 2 triangles, and therefore, why should I make peace with the first one and put effort into the second one.

2) Learnt Powerlessness

Now we come to "learnt powerlessness". And to Alma's picture. No need to see her face to know she's not ok with the laughing gas mask.

The dentist thought that if we look regularly at a picture with Alma and the laughing gas mask, she might get used to the idea. However, Alma did not let me take one "good" picture, even for one second. So the end result is I had to pay a fortune for 5 minutes of fighting with the mask, but I also need to come back again, hoping this time Alma will agree to wear the mask.

Where is the lack of love here? Where is the bad intention here? We all have to agree that it's better for the dentist to clean and to fix Alma's teeth rather than the teeth deteriorating at lighting speed. 

But from Alma's perspective, you can also see that what we're asking her to do is to "learn powerlessness". Stop fuzing around. Settle down. By shear physical force.

And even if this was done for an emotional reason - e.g. to keep being loved, a basic need of all human beings - this process of quietly fitting in is no less tragic, if the child grows into an adult, and still behaves under "rules" no longer necessary.

So what's the solution?

Obviously, "learnt powerfulness"...

But should this answer seem to easy, you're right. The systems we've put in place to survive are so strong that nothing but shear determination and focus will allow us to flip from one state into another.

3) The Link to LeanInStyle

Currently, what you see at the top of my LeanInStyle website is this phrase:

"Finally a Way to Align Your Image to Your True Self!"

Fuck that!

I don't want to help you align your image to your true self. I actually don't care how you look, other than the fact that I enjoy seeing women who are harmoniously dressed according to their Méta® profile.

What does excite me is helping determined women to regain personal power, and to dress accordingly.

And yes, knowing your Méta® profile is part of the process, cause if you want PERSONAL power, you better know who you are as a person... You know, 

✅ what truly motivates you,
✅ how you naturally handle your emotions,
✅ and how you best work with others...

And yes, your image is a tool for affirming who you are, take it or leave it.

Think about it:

🤔 If you make a video but all that one sees is the red of your dress, it might be the most beautiful dress ever but it would detract attention from YOU, your face, your message. 

✅ If you attend a meeting and you confidently break some of the social convention (e.g., you're not wearing black and instead you wear something more colorful that fits with your skin tone), then without having said one word, you're sending the message out: "learnt powerfulness". 

Now, even if you are alone in your appartement with nobody to impress, and you wear clothes in your Méta® profile, you will benefit. You'd be harvesting the love you invested into finding clothes that fit you just right, just as you plug in a salt lamp to continuously improve the quality of the air you breath. It's subtle, it's not necessarily immediate or grandiose, but over the long run, you'd feel the difference (at least, that's the idea!).

4) What was this again? Méta® coaching?

So bottom line is that I do lifestyle coaching, relevant if your life feels heavy right now and you don't know where to start to change the dynamic and take a new direction.

I also do image coaching, the kind that helps you confidently get more visible, not just more pretty. 

Maybe for you, lifestyle coaching is what you need. For someone else, it might be image coaching. And in a third case, just as valid, you may need both. 

If you know someone who could benefit from a 2-hour debug session or 3-months of coaching, don't hesitate to tell them about me. I still fonction under an early-bird price, but as I progress, I will not maintain those prices.


PS: Summer being in full swing, I have decided to take a break from creating regular content.

I'm still working till 15th August, so if now is when you have free time, this could be the perfect occasion to get in touch. The ball is in your court! 

PPS: You felt the tone of this newsletter was a bit too strong, unsettling? Or maybe you want more? Here is one last go at it, my new motto: 

Dare to Shine

On that note, enjoy the summer 🙂

Marion Raikhlin

Hi, I'm Marion! I'm curious (Spring), to the point (Fire), and I care (Cercle). Spring/Fire/Cercle, WTF??? Oh, it's only my Meta profile... With it, I know the clothing style that truly fits me and the strengths I carry in me since birth. Join the fun, find out what's your Meta profile! It won't just revolutionize your wardrobe, it's also change how you view yourself and others. That's the power behind La Metamorphose® of Flora Douville.