Essay on A Woman of Substance

2681 Words Jun 24th, 2010 11 Pages
QUESTION 1: How would you describe Tania Major in terms of locus of control? Why?
Locus of control refers to the generalized belief about the amount of control people have over their own lives (McShane & VonGlinow, 2000, p.191). This concept was originally developed by Julian Rotters in 1954 and is known to be a psychological term. In simpler terms, locus of control refers to an individual's perception about the underlying main causes of events in his/her life (Neill, 2006).
It can be divided into two: Internal locus of control and external locus of control.
When an individual feels that they are in charge of their own destiny, they are said to have internal locus of control. Those who believe that
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The overall evidence indicates that internals generally perform better on their jobs, but this should be moderated to reflect differences in jobs (Robbins, Millet & Waters-Marsh, 2004, p.105). They tend to be more successful in their careers and are said to earn more money than externals. In addition, they are more satisfied with their jobs cope better in stressful situations and are more motivated by performance-based reward systems (McShane & VonGlinow, 2000, p.191).

QUESTION 2: After her early experiences, do you believe Tania Major would have high self-esteem? If so, why?
Self esteem is the extent to which an individual has liking towards him/her self (Robbins, Millet & Waters-Marsh, 2004, p.105). In simpler terms, it is ones opinion towards oneself. When one is said to have high self esteem, he/she has a good opinion about him/her self. It comprises of: self respect, self expression, self confidence, self approval, self improvement, self control, self acceptance and self love. However, a low self esteem can mean an “inferior” image about oneself. When one is said to have a low self esteem he/she is said to have the following traits: self destruction, self pity, self denial, self criticism, self abuse and self defeating. (IntroCafé, n.d).
In the case of Tania Major, she will have high self esteem from her early experiences.

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