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Definition of Locus of control

Locus of control Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Dictionary of Postmodern Terms
a concept introduced into social learning theory the nineteen-sixties by J.B. Rotter.  People could have either an internal or an external locus of control.  If their locus of control was internal, they would seem themselves as doing things that resulted in things happening s they do.  People with an external locus of control felt themselves to be a pawn of circumstance.
Locus of control Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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In personality psychology, locus of control refers to the extent to which individuals believe they can control events affecting them. Understanding of the concept was developed by Julian B. Rotter in 1954, and has since become an aspect of personality studies. A person's "locus" (Latin for "place" or "location") is conceptualized as either internal (the person believes they can control their life) or external (meaning they believe their decisions and life are controlled by environmental factors which they cannot influence, or by chance or fate).

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Locus of control Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
The perception of the factors responsible for the outcome of an event. An individual with an internal locus of control believes their actions caused the outcome. Conversely, an individual with an external locus of control believes the outcome was determined by outside forces.