Using points and examples form the talk, explain internal and external locus of control.
1. Ok.Ever thought about the things that happen to you and what's responsible for them?
2. We psychologist have a term, locus of control.
3. Locus of control refers to…um…where people think control over their lives comes from, whether it comes from themselves or from somewhere else.
4. People who think that control is in themselves are internals and people who think it comes from somewhere else are externals.
5. Let's say there are two people going or job interview.
6. One of them is an internal.
7. She has an internal locus of control.
8. Since she thinks that control comes from within herself, she will believe that her success and her preparation are really her responsibility.
9. So she is likely to really work on her interview skills ahead of time.
10. Then if she gets the job, she will believer that it's because she has worked so hard and if she doesn't get it, well, she will probably be disappointed with herself and try to figure out how she can improve for the next time.
11. Ok and another job candidate is an external.
12. He perceives other thing, say his interviewers, to have more influence.
13. After all, it's their decision.
14. It depends on what mood they are in, and you know, luck.
15. Now with his external locus of control, he is not as hard on himself.
16. So he is more likely to take risks.
17. He might interview for a job that he is not completely qualified for.
18. And if he gets it, he will think he is really lucky, and because he believes external forces are in control, he might think it's because the interviewers were having a good day.
19. And if he doesn't get it, he will probably blame the interviewers or bad luck rather than look at himself and try to figure out what he could have done better.
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