Illusions of Control

  title={Illusions of Control},
  author={Suzanne C. Thompson},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={187 - 190}
  • S. Thompson
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Illusions of control are common even in purely chance situations. They are particularly likely to occur in settings that are characterized by personal involvement, familiarity, foreknowledge of the desired outcome, and a focus on success. Person-based factors that affect illusions of control include depressive mood and need for control. One explanation of illusory control is that it is due to a control heuristic that is used to estimate control by assessing the factors of intentionality and… 

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