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But what the heck is "Locus of Control?"
I suppose a definition is in order:
Defined by the American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary:
"A theoretical construct designed to assess a person's perceived control over his or her own behavior. The classification internal locus indicates that the person feels in control of events; external locus indicates that others are perceived to have that control."
Normally having a healthy internal locus of control is equated to successfully managing a chronic disease like diabetes. You take responsibility for your management, it is the "if its meant be its up to me mentality".
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Not sure if I am qualified at this current time to be discussing this, but I have made it successfully with out complications for 28 and 1/2 years. That has to count for something.
Anyway, if you believe you are in control of your diabetes management then your more likely to successfully manage it. If you believe that your control is solely based on your teams instructions, and external influences then your control will likely falter. When you feel out of control, and lose that internal drive or locus of control diabetes control slips. Case in point, see my post from Diabetes Mind Game, Momentary Lapse of Reason and it is obvious what happens when that internal control is lost.
In a nutshell, having a solid "Internal Locus of Control" is a major key to long term success in managing any chronic disease process.
PS: I recently got a new mirror, need to be refurbished.