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As individuals, people have the ability to make their own choices and decide for themselves. Many things can influence their ability to choose freely. Choice, change, and control are three factors that influence the degree to which people choose. How does a person’s level of autonomy affect their sense of freedom? How would a person, who aligns themselves with the incremental theory, view his or her sense of freedom differently from a person who aligns him or herself with the entity theory? How would a person with an internal locus of control view personal freedom as opposed to a person with an external locus of control?

  • psy -

    Your first sentence is highly improbably, and frankly, not backed by empirical evidence. From there, you develop a free-will thesis, and then ask questions about "view" (biologically, that has no meaning).
    Your questions presuppose free-will. Religious and political conservatives like that argument, as it then presupposes a natural order (gender preference, mother-child bonding, et al) to base a system of laws and norms.
    But how does that explain pedophiles? or homosexuality? or irrational behaviour (as in antisocial)?
    Philosophers have for ages argued "free-will" and the basis of rational thought, whatever that is. Books have been written on it.
    So here, you presuppose free-will, and variants depending on a persons "alignment" with "control" theory. That presupposes not only free-will, but something controlling free-will. Hmmm.

    You have an interesting topic, but beware of the potholes. Often we generate concepts which make us feel good, and powerful, however have no basis in empirical evidence. I would like to read your thoughts on this.

    Here is a short essay on free-will that may stimulate your thinking of how the free will is actually "controlled".

    http://www.lifenotes.org/If%20you%20are%20who%20you%20are%20then%20who%20are%20you.htm

    Good luck, it sounds interesting.

  • psy -

    These articles might help:

    http://www.members.cox.net/dagershaw/lol/ControlLocus.html
    http://www.members.cox.net/dagershaw/lol/ControlYourLife.html

    We are all influenced by hereditary and environmental factors. Is it actual control that people have over their lives — or is it merely their perception of control?

    I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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