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The Study of 'Locus of Control' in Human Psychology and its astounding positive Uses in Life

Updated on September 9, 2015

What is Locus of control?

Locus of control is a part of personality psychology that was created by American psychologist Julian B Rotter. The theory believes that human beings can have two different internal and external Locus of Control or LOC. Using this subject we can see a complete positive change in our lives by placing the locus of control over ourselves rather than on the surroundings or the people.


Evolution of this study

In the periodical "Psychological Monographs" Rotter first published his celebrated I-E scale in 1966 to evaluate internal and external locus of control. Even though its practice of a two-alternative forced choice method garnered considerable criticism, this popular scale has been extensively used in the psychology of personality. Rotter himself was astonished by all the great attention this scale created, he compared it to watching a forest on fire after lighting a cigarette.

Choose the power of the internal mind over the power of the external surroundings.

This choice can mean we can achieve almost anything since now we have absolute control over our lives and even the surroundings.

The surroundings are a mere reflection of where you place the locus of control Internal or External.

If it is internal then your life is one story of improving yourself day by day and finding balance and peace without the influence of external.

Control the locus

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SUMMERFIELD by Unsplash in pixabay | Source

Understanding this theory

Why to blame others?

Human pointing fingers
Human pointing fingers | Source

The Blame game

Blaming external means you have given complete control of your life to others or the surroundings.

Blaming yourself means you want to improve yourself which is genuinely possible than changing others.

Therefore from today try to place the locus of control on yourself rather than on others.

Internalising the locus of control

The many uses of the Locus of control

What are the areas you could control using the Locus of control concept?

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Learning to gain control of your life

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child by Ben_Kerckx from pixabay | Source

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