EXTERNAL CONTROL By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 The belief that one's experience and behaviour are determined by luck, circumstances, other people and external factors. Compare internal control. EXTERNAL CONTROL: "External control looks at things in our environment." Related Psychology Terms SITUATIONALISM AUTOCHTHONOUS GESTALT EXTERNAL BOUNDARY INTERNAL FRUSTRATION EXTERNALIZERS MULTIFACTORIAL INHERITANCE SITUATIONAL ATTRIBUTION CONTROL EMITTED BEHAVIOR FIELD INDEPENDENCE Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "EXTERNAL CONTROL," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/external-control/ (accessed January 20, 2021).