Mastering One’s Destiny

@article{Stout2013MasteringOD,
  title={Mastering One’s Destiny},
  author={Jane Stout and Nilanjana Dasgupta},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  year={2013},
  volume={39},
  pages={748 - 762}
}
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