Locus of control is one’s interpretation of life events as either inside or outside of their control (Schultz & Schultz, 2016).


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Reply to Amber:

Locus of control is one’s interpretation of life events as either inside or outside of their control (Schultz & Schultz, 2016). Individuals with an internal locus of control believe that circumstances are a result of their attitude, actions, and abilities (Schultz & Schultz, 2016). Generally more successful, people with an internal locus of control have an inner belief in their ability to generate positive outcomes. Conversely, individuals with an external locus of control believe that situations are a result of factors outside of their influence (Schultz & Schultz, 2016).

Externalizing determinants of success or failure has negative consequences as it evokes a sense of helplessness and passivity (Schultz & Schultz, 2016)
My score 72 on the Locus of Control test, reveals that I have an internalized locus of control (Personality Test Center, 2019). This is not surprising as my personal bent is to be overly independent and self-reliant. While I enjoy the benefits of hard work, a can-do attitude, and flexible, solution-oriented thinking, my sense of pride can prevent me from asking for help.
The importance of locus of control is being recognized on a wider level.

A study by Kutanis, Mesci, and Ovdur (2011) measured the effect of locus of control on organizational learning. They found that students with an internal locus of control were better able to adapt to the learning style of a corporation (Kutanis, Mesci, Ovdur, 2011). In other words, attitude and self-concept are directly linked to team chemistry and success.

The study on the locus of control was a reminder to approach difficult people and circumstances from a position of personal ownership as opposed to finger-pointing. There is almost always something I can to improve the situation.

Ozen Kutanis, R., Mesci, M., & Ovdur, Z. (2011). The effects of locus of control on learning performance: A case of academic organization. Journal of Economic and Social Studies, 1(2), 113-131

Personality Test Center (2019). Locus of control. Retrieved from uestionnaires/locusofcontrol/index.html

Schultz, D.P., & Schultz, S.E. (2016). A History of Modern Psychology, (Ed. 11th). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

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