Locus of Control Related Biases

It’s a family of biases that concerns the concept of Locus of Control and, in broader terms, the one of causality and cause-effect relationships.

Self-serving Bias

Tendency to take the credits of positive results we obtain and blame external factors for our failures.

Attribution Error

Tendency to give more relevance to internal factors of an individual, rather than to the circumstances.

Negative Attributions

Tendency to explain negative events blaming stable and internal conditions of an individual.

Moral Luck

It happens when someone is morally judged despite not being in control of the negative event that has occurred.

Bystander Effect

Tendency to think that someone else will solve the problems, rather than us.

Defensive Attribution

Tendency to attribute the cause of an event, based on the decrease of risk for the subject.

Agent Detection

Tendency to assume or notice the presence of external agents, of superior or divine nature, in certain circumstances.

Personalizing Bias

Tendency to attribute the causes of an external event, usually negative, to internal factors.

Intentionality Bias

We tend to attribute intentionality to every action and to think that is aimed to a clear goal.