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At the heart of the discussion for locus of control, lies the concept of who and what has responsibility for the outcomes in our lives.
If people feel responsible for the outcome of their behaviors, then they have an internal locus of control, and they believe that they control the events in their life.
If, however, they believe that the outcome of their behaviours is mostly due to external factors, such as luck, and the environment, they have an external locus of control.
"A locus of control orientation is a belief about whether the outcomes of our actions are contingent on what we do (internal control orientation) or on events outside our personal control (external control orientation)." (Zimbardo, 1985)