Pervasive refusal syndrome is also known as learned helplessness. It
is the condition when the individual gives power to the notion that
they can not exceed past their current condition and quits exerting any
more effort towards improving that condition.
I have heard of
this condition in correlation with the training of circus elephants
(although I can not back it up). While the elephants are still young,
trainers will tie them down with a thick chain. Try as they might, the
young elephants are not able to break the train. Over the years, the
elephants develop the mentality that they can not break the chain or
improve their condition and they give up. So when they are adult
elephants, quit capable of snapping the chains in two, they don’t even
bother because their whole life, they thought otherwise.
help but think this mentality has trickled into the hearts of believers
everywhere, leaving us profoundly desperate, still drinking milk.