Locus of Control – A Core Limiting Belief

Although the ‘Locus of Control‘ sounds rather technical, it is in fact a rather straightforward concept.

It is a ‘measure’ of how much ‘power’ (or influence) you believe you have over the path of your life, or the outcomes in your life.

Your Locus of Control is either ‘internal’, ‘external’ or at some point in between the these two extremes.

If you have in ‘external’ Locus of Control then you will tend to believe that:

Life is something that HAPPENS to you over which you have little ability to control or change things

If you have an ‘internal’ Locus of Control you will tend to believe that:

Life is what you MAKE IT and that you decide the path of your life and are able to control and change things

What research shows is that people who have an internal Locus of Control tend to be happier, more successful and less likely to suffer from psychosomatic problems.

You can read much more about the Locus of Control and Rotter’s original research here.

locus of control determines who decides which path to take

Learn How To Become More ‘Internal’

It doesn’t really matter how ‘external’ your LOC is at the moment, they key point is that, as is the case with the other core limiting beliefs, you CAN learn how to change your Locus of Control using the proven tools and techniques that we deliver in the Thrive Programme, and by doing so, you can take control of aspects of your life that you previously didn’t believe you could!

 

Internal versus External Beliefs

Internal LOC

  • I failed my driving test because I made an error
  • I can beat my phobia of flying if I try hard enough
  • Other people’s opinions are valid but do not affect my life
  • If I wanted to run a marathon and trained enough I could do it
  • Things that happened to me in the past are gone and have no influence now

External LOC

  • I failed my driving test because the examiner didn’t like me
  • Phobias can never be changed, just learnt to live with
  • Other people’s opinions significantly affect my life
  • I could never run a marathon, I’d never get fit enough
  • Things that happened to me in the past continue to dominate my life everday

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About Paul BSc.

Paul is a highly experienced psychologist & therapist who has been delivering the Thrive Programme since its early development in 2011. Thrive with Paul is run from our private offices in Wombourne.


The Thrive Programme

The Thrive Programme is a science-based training programme that teaches self-insight as well as a range of life-changing principles.

Common Questions

Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about what the thrive programme is and how it helps with life problems.

Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs are those things that we believe about life and how the 'world works' that may be self-limiting and unhelpful to us.

Locus of Control

Our Locus of Control is measure of how self-empowered we feel about our ability to determine the path that our life takes.

Social Pressure

We either succumb to the social pressures around us or we are able to make-up our own minds and not be swayed by the crowds.

Self-Esteem

Our self-esteem is the result of how we 'think' about ourselves, how much 'value' ourselves and how we 'treat' ourselves on a day-to-day basis.


Emetophobia

The fear of vomiting is thought to affect around 5% of the population. Thrive is the most effective solution to emetophobia ever devised.

Flying

Fear of flying has been around since air travel was first invented. It is most often associated with a 'high desire for control'.

Public Speaking

Reckoned to be the the most common phobia. This can become a significant problem if talking to groups becomes a part of your job.