By Erik Meira
In psychology, a lot of things are described as a continuum: Introvert vs extrovert, optimist vs pessimist, etc. Nobody is purely one or the other, but everyone falls somewhere on the continuum. Also, many of these can be combined to describe an overall global tendency. Those of you with a Dungeons & Dragons background understand ethical and moral alignment of a character (I am chaotic good in case you were wondering). So what does this have to do with physical therapy?
An often overlooked continuum of personality is locus of control. It has to do with the person’s view of how they interact with the world (not to be confused with a person’s narrative, that’s a whole other post). Whether or not your patient has an internal or an external locus of control can have a huge affect on how they respond to your interaction with them. It can also explain why some patients self-discharge after a visit or two, whereas you just can’t get rid of others. Confused? Read on… [...]