“Locus of control” is psychological term, used by some psychologists and counsellors to refer to where an individual assumes their location of personal control to be. (Locus being Latin for location.)
The term is most often preceded with the adjunct external or internal. When an individual habitually places the causes of their personal limitations and failings upon circumstances outside of their self they are said to have an external locus of control.
When an individual places the causes of their personal limitations or failings upon their self then they are said to have an internal locus of control.
The terms are used amongst therapist when discussing clinical cases in sentences such as: “The client is progressing very slowly in therapy as he has an external locus of control.”
That means he is a client who consistently blames other people and circumstances for his emotional conditions and behavioural and achievement limitations. In other words, he is an excuse maker and blamer who takes little or no responsibility for himself, and therefore personal development is difficult to achieve.
By contrast, someone with an internal locus of control recognises that he is his own manager and tends to sensibly put the cause of his limitations and failings upon himself, on his own judgements and decisions, and therefore is more likely to be able to make conscious adjustments to his behaviour and his outlook, and to make the most of difficult circumstances.
Of course people are mixed up creatures, and a person may exhibit both an internal locus of control and an external locus of control for different perspectives, such as retrospectively they may have an external locus of control, and when anticipating their future they may have an internal locus of control; or they may have an external locus of control in regard to their limitations and failings, and an internal location of control in regard to their successes; and their locus of control may differ in their relationships with different people and in the different arenas of their life; and it is common for a person to fluctuate at different times between exhibiting an internal or external locus of control. Also, a person can fake an internal locus of control. They may talk the talk about personal responsibility and thereby give the impression of having an internal locus of control but the basis and outlook from which they live is of an external locus of control. We can see a collective example of this amongst psychologists, counsellors and sociologists of whom most are female feminists and socialists, and can hold themselves seemingly well poised while discussing the concept of internal locus of control as if they have it, but generally they think and live in victimhood, complaining about the oppression of women by the patriarchy, the glass ceiling, white male privilege, etc, and cite these as reasons for their own personal limitations, and through cultivation and so-called “education” they seed the same attitude of victimhood (external locus of control) in their female clients, and of course try to induce guilt in their male clients.
The reader may wish to read up on the current psychological theory on internal/external locus of control and become familiar with the concept. The basic distinction is one well worth being conscious of.
These links might serve as starting places:
The reader might also wish to compare the concept of internal locus of control with the theory of Maslow’s hierarchy of excuses, whoops I mean Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which gets used as a foundational concept in psychology and social science education/indoctrination.
But I am digressing. Now back to the purpose of this article which is to compare an internal locus of control with a centralised locus of control.
By the terms centralised consciousness and centralised control I do not merely mean having an internal locus of control where one’s sense of control is recognised as being upon oneself and with one’s sense of self over-extensively defined as including one’s entire person/personality mechanism. But rather, I mean having a centralised locus of control where one’s sense of self with its realised attributes of awareness, judgement/choice, and control of effort/energy, and with a sense of responsibility and accountability, is positioned centremost in one’s being, and the personality with its installed order of values/priorities and its subsequent mental, emotional and behavioural habits and inclinations, is external of and subject to the centralised controlling consciousness.
The issue here is one of identity, for where identity resides is where personal control emanates from.
Consider a person whose consciousness is as depicted in diagram C below. Such a person’s consciousness and sense of “I” and therefore their identity includes their emotional body. They identify their self as their emotions, for the periphery of consciousness marks the sense identity. This person identifies their emotions as their self – they believe they are their feelings. Such a person will cite their feelings or emotions as reasons why they behaved or performed in a certain way, and in so doing may be considered to have an internal locus of control.
Counsellors even instruct (bully) their clients not to express their thoughts and ideas as “I think…”, but to always start such sentences with “I feel…”, and “Because I felt…”. And they tell their clients that being emotionally focused and emotionally expressive is a superior way of being.¹
But the individual represented by diagram A who has a centralised consciousness/control/identity recognises that a person who attributes what they do to their feelings and emotions is exhibiting an external locus of control relative to a centralised locus of control.
By accepting responsibility upon himself, the individual depicted in diagram D might also demonstrate what may also be considered to be exhibiting an internal locus of control, but he too certainly does not possess a centralised locus of control.
The terms internal and external are relative, depending on whether we include our body, emotions, thoughts and values in our identity and hence our consciousness becomes them and is controlled by them.
When we exclude these personality layers from our identity and view them as a mechanism of which we have the power to control, or if we believe we have the potential to gain control over those layers, then we are exhibiting centralised consciousness with centralised control.
Compared to what is generally thought of as an internal locus of control, a centralised consciousness is a further internalised and concentrated state of identity, control and responsibility.
Centralising consciousness is taking what is normally considered to be an internal locus of control further within, to the conscious core of one’s being.
¹ Of course the counsellor remains mentally focused themselves and does not inform their clients that a mentally focused person can easily manipulate an emotionally focused person.