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Spheres of Control Scale

The following test is for personal information only and is not meant to be a professional evaluation.

This questionnaire assesses the degree of control that you feel you have in three major areas of life: personal achievement, interpersonal relationships, and political institutions.

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  • Efficiency: Determining the Difference Between Perfectionism and Striving for Excellence
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  • What is an Achievable Goal?
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  • For authors and more information:

    Paulhus, D.L., & Van Selst, M. (1990). The Spheres of Control scale: Ten years of research. Personality and Individual Differences, 11, 1029-1036.

    Spittal, M.J., Siegert, R.J., McClure, J.L., & Walkey, F.H. (2002). The Spheres of Control scale: the identification of a clear, replicable three-factor structure. Personality and Individual Differences, 32, 121-131.

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