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Defining Your Own Personal Locus Of Control

What’s Up With Personality?


Have you ever sat back and thought about your personality? Have you ever considered the circumstances in your life and how those circumstances have molded you into the person that you are today. Have you ever looked at other people to judge yourself? Or even look to them and envied their own unique personality. I believe within all of us there is some degree of self-evaluation that goes on as we learn and grow into the person that inside we desire to be. Some self-evaluation can be healthy and natural, considered just a part of life. While other types of self-evaluation can lead to destructive patterns that end with your own self judgment and condemnation. These self-destructive patterns should be avoided at all cost.

People that study cognitive theories of personality tend to argue that personality and behavior are a reflection of thought processes, beliefs and expectations. In basic terms there are three cognitive factors that emphasize the importance of this theory when it comes to your personality.

Number one is locus of control. Locus of control refers to one’s beliefs about the cause and outcomes of events or experiences.

As far back as 1950 they believed that individuals tend to have a cognitive style that reflects either an internal or external locus of control. Individuals with the external locus of control tend to think that the environment and other external forces beyond their own control i.e. lock, chance, fate, are responsible for the events and outcomes of their lives. Individuals with an internal locus of control tend to believe that their own skills, abilities and efforts control events and outcomes of their lives.

The term self efficacy, refers to one’s expectations for success and beliefs about their ability to produce the desired results. High self efficacy implies a belief that one can succeed regardless of past failures and or current obstacles related to the task at hand. A person with low self-efficacy would be one that believes that they do not have the ability to perform well. Some instances of self-efficacy have been linked to individual differences in behavior and personality, including the degree of confidence, self-esteem, and likelihood of approaching a task, as well as the effort expended on task as long.

Another term called Attributional style refers to one’s pattern of explaining events in their life. These can vary on three dimensions: internal/external, stable/unstable, and global/specific.

The internal/external dimension refers to whether one attributes events and outcomes to oneself or the external environment.

The stable/unstable dimension refers to whether one’s explanation of events implies a stable cause that is always present or temporary or fluctuating calls.

The global/specific dimension refers to whether one’s explanation of events implies that the event or outcome affects all aspects of one’s life or is specific to a particular area of life.

If you study social cognitive theory you will learn about personality using both behavioral learning and cognitive theories. According to social cognitive theory, personality emerges as a result of human experiences, behaviors, and thoughts. Some believe that personalities are shaped by the interaction between thoughts, behavior, and the external environment. This interaction between all these known as reciprocal determinism, suggest that the environment influences our thoughts and behaviors which in turn influence our environment.

One of the coolest things you can do, is discover your own personality type. This is actually very easy to do and free which is an added bonus. Simply go to this website and take a few minutes to complete your own personality test. Below this post in the comment section please feel free to write a little bit about your personality results and I will review them and make a comment.

Go here to find out your Personality Type >> http://www.16personalities.com/personality-types

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