Sandra


I have to warn you that this video is hard to watch. Sometimes people just ‘give up’ and stop fighting. I believe that may be the case with Sandra. It’s called ‘learned helplessness’ and I […]

Sandra

I have to warn you that this video is hard to watch. Sometimes people just ‘give up’ and stop fighting. I believe that may be the case with Sandra. It’s called ‘learned helplessness’ and I see it in all walks of life. But under this bridge in New Orleans my heart broke.

Sandra has lived here for a year. She has made herself believe homelessness is not that bad, just a little boring.

Sandra didn’t have any wishes!

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  • While it’s true that there is a such thing as “learned helplessness”, it’s also important to consider that we enter homeless outreach with our own learned perceptions about what other people should aspire to. You can live a meaningful life and still be homeless. Jesus did it.

    However, Sandra does appear to have some mental illness which is probably causing her to not be in her right mind. I’m sure she doesn’t prefer to sleep on thin carboard on cement under a bridge, but maybe something in her causes her to not know the difference. Interesting case study. I’d be interested to know how she ended up in that position and how long she’s been there. I wonder what she was like as a child and what happened to her family.

  • Dena

    I so agree with you. Mental illness is running rampant within the homeless tribe. I desire to find a way to reach out to the homeless who present with mental challenges and help in any way I can. Washington DC is full of homeless people and sadly, many are in the grips of mental illness. I enjoyed your post.

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