Family Studies 11/12

Attribution and Control Class Notes

When I asked my class “what is attribution theory and is its relationship to one’s locus of control” I received this from one student. I hope you find it as beautiful as I do. Wow, if all “class notes” were written like this.

The ground is seen as a place to put our feet simply because gravity is ever so constant and our feet are, to such, quite compatible, but are people seen as a place to conduct mental conclusions base on their compatibility with details, attributes or signs seen on them? The attribution theory would indicate this to be the case. The concept of gathering information about someone and coming to a conclusion, judgment, or explanation for and about certain event based on these gathered attributes. To me this seems, although there may be a whole lot more to it, to be the process of simply putting two and two together.

Upon a shore we all reside constantly looking out into void, some of us see, and some of us are shown, sometimes it is our choice to look others it is our world that puts on the gaze before us, but within time there will always be space for change. When dealing with an obstacle, challenge, or difficult segment of our life’s we are face with two mind sets, to either choose or be shown, one is where we feel the entire weight of all that we are faced with as a virtue we are responsible for. The other is a rather lighter less productive approach upon which our sight is limited to everything outside of ourselves and the weight is typically lighter due to it residing on all but us, where we see things as a happening rather than an out flow of creating. These two mind sets are known as an internal and external locus of control, internal being the first I had mentioned and external being the second. Both of which are indeed a portion of everyday life typically generated within the facing of challenges, and which side of our face/mind we decide to face them with. For example the challenge of completing a school test, in this situation one would be face with the decision to face and see his or her test results, good or bad, as a fault of him or herself for the amount of effort and work done to positively fulfill the outcome. The other would view the results, typically when bad, as a fault of anything outside him or herself such as the teacher, the class, or even the school. This is what it is to have either an internal or external locus of control, but what is it to have neither? In honest truth I have no idea of what would come from the not having of blame, but what it would seem like, to me, is that without having blame for ourselves and things that aren’t we would simply result in the balanced realization that things happen, that with or without our help some things may happen and some things may not. Regardless of what the true meaning of this lacking would mean I find myself indecisive on whether or not I would imagine the loss of both to be a definite bad thing or a good thing, perhaps there are variables I would have failed to realize but all in all, in my opinion, to be without both forms of locus of control is to be without the concept and need for blame.

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