External Attribution Definition | Psychology

External attribution is the belief that external factors outside of a person’s control are responsible for everything in life. Psychologists also call it having an external locus of control. While there are sometimes benefits to thinking like this, it’s very often the act of not taking responsibility for one’s personal faults and misdeeds.

It’s like when my dog, Rufus, takes a big ol’ number 2 outside, and even though I keep asking him why he does such a thing, he refuses to acknowledge his responsibility in dirtying my lovely yard.