• Jerry M. Burger
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social / Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


Research on the relationship between perceived control and depression has created a long and complex literature. For many years psychologists have observed that people suffering from depression felt they had little ability to control the events in their lives. It is not uncommon to hear a clinically depressed person say such things as “Nothing I do will make a difference,” or “I can’t change the way things are.” Moreover, the passive behavior symptomatic of depression suggests that sufferers have little motivation to change their lives or make things better. This lack of motivation, a giving up in the face of problems or even when facing life’s daily obstacles, is a primary characteristic of depression. In short, depressed people often appear to have very little desire to control the events in their lives.


Attributional Style External Locus Uncontrollable Event Depressed People High Desire 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry M. Burger
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  1. 1.Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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