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Why your "locus of control" is so important for mental health

Locus of control and wellbeing

 

This blog has been inspired by a research paper I was looking at for my MSc Psychology that I am currently studying through the University of Derby. The paper itself was about something slightly different but I found myself interested in the concept of the locus of control and then excited when I realised its significance to anxiety and wellbeing.

 

What is a “locus of control”?

 

The locus of control is basically how much you think you have control over your environment, successes and failures.

A person with an internal locus of control is more likely to attribute their success to their own hard work.  These people will be more motivated because they believe that they can succeed by working hard and putting the effort in.

A person with an external locus of control tend to believe that they are less in control of their lives and that things happen through chance or luck. When things don’t go well they attribute...

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PODCAST - How to Build Happiness

Following on from the episode last week, I share with you my tips for building happiness in your life. Instead of the scales or the gym, here are some practical psychological tips that you can start doing today to build more happiness in your life.

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My top attitude changes for a happy life

The attitudes that you have about yourself, others and the circumstances around you have a huge impact on your ability to be happy.

if you have a calm and rational attitude to all of those things then it stands to reason that you will be able to deal with any problems that occur without an overly emotional response.

1: Understanding that you are responsible for your emotions...

if you have read any of my previous blogs then you will have noticed that I make a big deal about what you think. This is because our thoughts affect our feelings which in turn affect our actions.

By understanding that our thoughts affect our feelings in any situation, we can learn to control our emotions.

Bad things happen to everyone. When something bad happens, it is perfectly normal to have a negative emotional response to the situation.

If you are in a car crash or going through a divorce or have lost someone then it makes sense to have negative thoughts about the situation because they are negative...

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PODCAST - Attitude changes for a happy life

It is easy when talking about anxiety and mental health to become very preoccupied with the issue. It is so important that we also consider how we are going to make the changes necessary to improve our lives. 

In this episode I talk about the attitude changes needed to be able to live a happy life.

Click here to find out more and see which negative thoughts are holding you back.

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Discover which common negative thinking patterns you have.

The way we think has a huge impact on our mental health. If you are looking to overcome your anxiety or just improve your mental health then first you need to know what thoughts are making things worse.

This download gives you a list of the most common ways we think negatively. All you need to do is see which ones you do most.

Also, keep an eye on your emails! I will be sending you a really useful video that goes with this exercise.