March 6, 2020
This episode has been inspired by a research paper I was looking at for my MSc Psychology that I am currently studying through the University of Derby.
The paper itself was about something slightly different but I found myself interested in the concept of the locus of control and then excited when I realised its significance to anxiety and wellbeing.
In this episode I talk about what the locus of control is, how you can work out where yours is and crucially the effect it has on anxiety, depression and wellbeing.
You can find out what cognitive distortions are contributing to your anxiety and depression by downloading your very own free exercise here: https://www.anxiety2confidence.com/
You just need to pop your email and name in and you will have access to the free worksheet. I will also send you a video from one of my workshops that will explain how to use the worksheet and give you a bit more information about cognitive distortions.
References for the studies mentioned:
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Marchand, A., & Durand, P. (2011). Psychological Distress, Depression, and Burnout. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53(2), 185–189. https://doi.org/10.1097/jom.0b013e318206f0e9
Ng, T. W. H., Sorensen, K. L., & Eby, L. T. (2006). Locus of control at work: a meta-analysis. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 27(8), 1057–1087. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.416
DeNeve, K. M., & Cooper, H. (1998). The happy personality: A meta-analysis of 137 personality traits and subjective well-being. Psychological Bulletin, 124(2), 197–229. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-2909.124.2.197
Hovenkamp-Hermelink, J. H. M., Jeronimus, B. F., van der Veen, D. C., Spinhoven, P., Penninx, B. W. J. H., Schoevers, R. A., & Riese, H. (2019). Differential associations of locus of control with anxiety, depression and life-events: A five-wave, nine-year study to test stability and change. Journal of Affective Disorders, 253, 26–34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.04.005