Locus of Control Social Influence On People

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What relationship would you anticipate between locus of control orientation and gender, age, race, religious affiliation, conformity to peer pressure, academic achievement, and participation in lotteries? How would this dimension influence the extent to which people are superstitious and the extent to which they believe in horoscopes, quack remedies, and magical rituals? Who is most likely to demonstrate ego strength by choosing a delayed but valuable reward over an immediate momentary pleasure? Do you feel more or less external in some areas of life (e.g., politics) than others (e.g., academics)? What childhood experiences or characteristics of your family may have contributed to your own locus of control expectancies?

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School: Rice University


Running head: LOCUS OF CONTROL


Locus of Control



Locus of Control
Locus of control is related to the belief in fate and free will. Some people believe in
determinism, that everything is predetermined and therefore have not to control over their
actions. Other people believe in free will and argue that they have control over events in their
lives. Locus of control refers to whether a person believes they can influence success in life or
that success determined by fate. People with an internal locus of control have faith in free will
and will, therefore, attribute failure or success in their efforts. A person with an external locus of
control is deterministic. This person will not try to control events in his/her life because they
believe in fate.
Research indicates that gender difference plays a considerable role in predicting locus o...

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