Internal Locus of Control

By Renée Grinnell

The belief that events in one’s life, whether good or bad, are caused by controllable factors such as one’s attitude, preparation, and effort.

Example: When the boy failed a test, he acknowledged that he hadn’t studied enough and didn’t understand a few of its key questions. He resolved to meet with his teacher for advice on ways to improve next time.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 24 Jan 2009