Doc Talk #209 – The Locus of Control

In today’s episode, Dr Dan and Jamieson discussed a crucial element which deeply shapes views of our own health.

The locus of control refers to how much of a sense you have that you as an individual have control over your own life.

People with an internal locus of control tend to think they have significant influence over their own lives, whereas those with an external locus of control tend to think that their fate is determined more by chance or luck, or by the decisions of other people.

There is a link to personality development and locus of control is often quite situational.

People with an internal locus of control tend to have higher self-rated health scores and make less use of formal health systems.

Do you have an internal or external locus of control? Click here to complete a survey and find out!

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