Externalisation of the locus of control.
People with an external locus of control tend to believe that the things which happen in their lives are out of their control and even that their own actions are a result of external factors, such as fate, luck, the influence of powerful others (such as doctors, the police, or government officials) and/or a belief that the world is too complex for one to predict or successfully control its outcomes. Such people tend to blame others rather than themselves for their lives' outcomes.
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