Illusion of Control
Other International Definitions
"Whereas optimism refers to a generalized expectancy for positive outcomes independent of the source of the outcomes, the illusion of control locates the source of the expected outcome in terms of personal control."  Thus, the illusion of control depends exclusively on the active role that the person can play in a particular situation.
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