Locus of Control

Out of Control?
Johani, College Freshman
Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa

Locus of control is a test that determines whether or not you believe that circumstances are controlled by personal belief or another force outside of your own control. It places scenarios about who is in control in a certain situation. I feel as though this test was not very thorough and could have been better conceived to every individual's accommodations. The test could have been more fool proof by asking personal questions and then questions that are out of our control. Truly what you control is what you think you control. If one is so inclined to be O.C.D. about everything in their life then they will only control what they feel is in their control. On the other hand an individual can't play "God" in the sense that one could just imagine and create what-ever it is they wished to initiate upon things out of their grasp. Control is a concept created within the mind. The only thing one can truly control is oneself. In my personal opinion one can not control outer circumstances unless one can control the self first. Although anyone could take this test and it can tell you what you apparently control the true doer of control is you.

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Rachel Inman
Chemeketa Community College , Salem Oregon

This was helpful to me because I learned my level of locus of control and ways to improve it by setting goals and know that by working toward and achieving a goal I am controlling what happens. By developing a decision making and problem solving skill I feel more confident in what I'm doing. I didn't know people with an internal locus of control tend to work harder and preserve longer in order to get what they want to get done.

Locus of control
eugenie Wood, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I found this article to be helpful because I think it helps a person to take responsibility for where you are in your life and doesn't let you just lay down and let the world trample you. An external locus of control leaves your destiny up to "fate". To me, I think that would make me feel nervous, wondering when the other shoe would drop, so to speak. And that would produce stress, which leads to bad decisions and outcomes.

An internal locus of control allows you shape your outcomes by planning ahead, making good decisions, and taking responsibility for the results. Even if the results are not what you wanted, they are yours to change and make what you want them to be.


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