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Dec 17

Locus of Control

“A locus of control orientation is a belief about whether the outcomes of our actions are contingent on what we do (internal control orientation) or on events outside our personal control (external control orientation).” (Zimbardo, 1985, p. 275)

My attribution style determines which forces we hold responsible for our successes and failures. Both locus of control and attribution styles have a significant impact on our motivation, expectations, self-esteem, risk-taking behavior, and even on the actual outcome of our actions. What is your locus of control? What forces are responsible for your successes and failures? Are there some areas in your life where your orientation is more internal or external than others?

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