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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 - Locus of control and it’s impact on anxiety, depression and wellbeing

This episode 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.

In this episode I talk about what the locus of control is, how you can work out where yours is and crucially the effect it has on anxiety, depression and wellbeing.

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References for the studies mentioned:

 

Spector, P. E., Cooper, C. L., Sanchez, J. I., O’Driscoll, M., Sparks, K., Bernin, P., Bossing, A., Dewe, P., Hart, P., Lu, L., Miller, K., De Moraes, L. R., Ostrognay, G. M., Pagon, M., Pitariu, H. D., Poelmans, S. A. Y., Radhakrishnan, P., Russinova, V., Salamatov, V., & Salgado, J. F. (2002). LOCUS OF CONTROL AND WELL-BEING AT WORK: HOW GENERALIZABLE ARE...

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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.

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