Psychologist Julian B. Rotter developed the concept of “locus of control” in the 1950s. A person has either an internal (life events result from their own actions) or external (life events result from outside forces) locus of control. This concept, along with other dimensions of self-evaluation, has been able to predict work outcomes and other important information about the individual evaluated.
The irony of this concept is that under a sovereign God, not one of us ultimately has control. However, God does grant us some choice and we are held accountable for our sin and disobedience against him. We can trust in God’s character even when circumstances try to tell us differently.