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It’s not necessarily deluded to feel in control when you’re not | Psyche Ideas

The Illusion Of Control

The Illusion Of Control

Many people, who are otherwise perfectly healthy can create patterns and have an illusion that they are somehow in control of the external events that no one could influence.

The belief is so strong that it can affect their behaviour and make them do superstitious actions that make no sense.

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