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Changing Internal Narratives

A thought bubble floating on a pink backgroundAs Pennsylvania phases into reopening meaning more interactions with others, people may observe that there are some people that are not following recommendations aimed at decreasing the spread of COVID-19. This article makes the case that this resistance may be due to those individuals having a strong external locus of control.

The locus of control theory outlines that individuals with a strong INTERNAL locus of control believe that their actions play an important role in determining their future well-being. Those individuals are more likely to follow precautionary advice to protect their health. On the other side, individuals with a strong EXTERNAL locus of control believe that they do not have control over their future well-being and are less likely to follow guidance focused on reducing risks. 

So if someone you support is not following COVID-19 related safety guidance, working on changing their internal narrative might be a key to providing support. Developing an internal locus of control requires work and may be a complicated endeavor, but for those interested, this resource may provide a good overview of the basics. 

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