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Are All Perceived Control Constructs the Same?
Are all perceived control constructs the same?

When approaching the area, it is easy to be daunted by the thicket of constructs clustered around the general notion of a sense of control. Are they all similar, are they simply “control by any other name” (Rodin, 1990)? Or, are they completely different, examining separate facets of the experience of control? Careful reading suggests that they are somehow distinctive but also somehow interrelated, maybe even overlapping. How can one begin to think about these constructs, let alone make a decision about their usefulness, until their relative roles in the process of control are clarified?

The notion that humans have an inborn need for competence has interesting implications for sorting out different theories ...

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