Relationship among Locus of Control, Personality Type, and Subjective Happiness among Conversion Patients and Healthy individualsAuthor(s): Rubia Batool, Amna Khan, Sayed Shahbal*, Ali Ibrahim Noshili*, Amal Mohammad Hamdi, Hind Khalid Almutairi, Ibrahim Ali Tala Assiri, Atif Mohammed Saad Alsaedi, Hussam Yahia Hakami, Abdullah Mohammed Alhatim, Abdulaziz Yahya Hudays, Aisha Mansour Dafrani and Maha Mukhlef Alanazi
Aim: The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between external-internal locus of control, personality types, and subjective happiness among the conversion patients and healthy individuals.
Method: A quantitative cross-sectional research design was operationalized with a purposive non-probability sampling technique. 319 data including 172 conversion patients and 147 healthy individuals were selected from KSA, UAE and Pakistan.
Findings: Results indicate that subjective happiness negatively correlated to the internal locus of control (r=-71*), whereas positively correlated to the external locus of control on general correlation (r=.83**). A separate correlation indicates that the subjective happiness of a conversion patient is negatively correlated to the internal locus of control (r= -61*) and positively correlated to the external locus of control (r=.71**), where an inverse pattern was observed for healthy individuals showing the positive correlation between subjective happiness and internal locus of control and negative correlation with an external locus of control (r = -71*).
Conclusion: Personality preferences introvert, sensing, feeling, and perceiving account more for conversion patients whereas extraversion, Intuition thinking, and judging explain the characteristics of healthy individuals. These personality preferences give insights into the patient's personality types and their potential risk of acquiring conversion disorder. A significant step should be considered to assess the personalities of individuals to understand the underlying causes of conversion and make a better intervention.