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What Your Score Means

Some people believe that they’re masters of their own fate. Other people see themselves as pawns of fate, believing that what happens to them in their lives is due to luck or chance. The first type—who believe that they control their destinies—have an internal locus of control. The latter type—who see their lives as being controlled by outside forces—have an external locus of control.[2]

Your locus of control score can provide you with insights into how well you accept blame for your actions. It can also suggest the degree of importance you place on improving your decision-making skills. People with a high external locus of control, for instance, tend to see themselves as relatively powerless in influencing their life. As such, they’re less concerned with developing strong decision-making skills because they don’t believe that their choices have much effect on their life outcomes. In contrast, high internals tend to be proactive. They sincerely believe that they can control their destiny. Because they believe that the choices they make really matter, they tend to be more highly motivated to learn better decision-making techniques.


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