Control Deprivation Decreases, Not Increases, Belief in a Controlling God for People with Independent Self-Construal

Sümer, Nebi
Compensatory Control Model suggests that, when deprived of personal control, people compensate this lack by bolstering their belief in a controlling God. However, this is not the only way of reacting to control deprivation as past literature also depicted that people sometimes become motivated to restore their personal control. We argued that people with highly independent self-construal would not be comfortable with enhancing external control in the absence of a personal one. We conducted an online experiment (N = 246) and the results indicated that control deprivation actually decreased, not increased, belief in a controlling God for people with independent self-construal. Such finding suggested that not everyone compensates for the lack of personal control by enhancing external control. Implications of the findings and potential limitations were discussed.


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S. ALPER and N. Sümer, “Control Deprivation Decreases, Not Increases, Belief in a Controlling God for People with Independent Self-Construal,” CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY, pp. 1490–1494, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: