External Locus of Control
The belief that events in one’s life, whether good or bad, are caused by uncontrollable factors such as the environment, other people, or a higher power.
Example: Whenever he fails a test, the boy always has an excuse ready: the room was too hot, he wasn’t feeling well, the test was unfair. He never seems to feel culpable, even if he simply hasn’t studied enough.
Grinnell, R. (2009). External Locus of Control. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 5, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2009/external-locus-of-control/