Locus Of Control

Conformity begins the moment you ignore how you feel for acceptance. ~Shannon Alder

Hey people! The Insightful is now officially one year old! Thanks a lot for your support. Today we'll talk about a little something called The Locus Of Control.

In a study conducted in 1998, The Columbia University by professor Claudia M. Mueller took a large group of fifth graders and gave them numerous puzzles. These were very challenging puzzles, but each child was told that they did better than others regardless of what they did. But, here comes the tricky part. After this, half the children were told that they did well because they worked hard while the other half were told that they did well because they were bright or gifted. Then the students were presented with three more puzzles, easy ones, medium ones and extremely difficult ones.

The result of this experiment was very interesting. They found that the children who were told that they did well because they were smart, spent the majority of their time doing the easy puzzles, gave hardly any attention to the difficult puzzles and spent much less time overall solving the puzzles. When they were asked if had fun doing the exercise, they replied negatively. In short, they showed low levels of motivation.

On the other hand, the students who were told that they did well because they were hard workers spent more of their time solving the difficult puzzles and replied positively when asked if the exercise was fun. These kids showed high levels of motivation. Then there are people like me who never show any motivation for anything.

This study gave rise to a concept called "Locus Of Control ". This is essentially the degree to which you believe you have control over in life. The kids who were taught that they were smart and gifted were led to believe in what is called an external locus of control. They were told that they succeed because of the facts which were outside their control. Whereas, the other half were made to believe in what is called an internal locus of control. They were told that the reason for their success was something that they could control.

Believing that success is in your control is the best way to reach it. Of course, talent and smartness define the course of your success but, your hard work determines the height of your dreams.

Lastly, remember, we are freaks, we are fragile and life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.

Goodbye and see you soon.

Love Swara 😊


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