Mindstead - LOCUS of Control Worksheet

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LOCUS of Control is a psychological concept that refers to how strongly people believe they have control over the situations and experiences that affect their lives. Julian Rotter (1966) devised a Locus of Control personality test to assess the extent to which an individual possesses internal or external reinforcement beliefs.  

In many cases, having an internal locus of control can be a good thing. It means that you believe that your own actions have an impact. If you tend to have more of an external locus of control, you might find it helpful to start actively trying to change how you view situations and events. Rather than viewing yourself as simply a passive bystander who is caught up in the flow of life, think about actions you can take that will have an impact on the outcome.

"Experts have found that, in general, people with an internal locus of control tend to be better off. However, it is also important to remember that internally does not always equal "good" and external does not always equal bad." www.verywellmind.com

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"An internal locus of control is associated with achievement and success because of the tendency to attribute both your successes and failures to your actions. It gives employees a reason to study their actions and find out where they went wrong and take the necessary actions to improve."  www.business2community.com

"There is a concept in the psychological literature known as locus of control that is unfamiliar to most people, even though, once defined, is commonly understood. Locus of control is an individual’s belief system regarding the causes of his or her experiences and the factors to which that person attributes success or failure." www.psychologytoday.com

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