عنوان مقاله [English]
Personal behavior style of controlling is one of the important and effective factors in mental health. The main purpose of the present study was to comparison controlling styles in clinical depressed, non-clinical depressed and normal people. A total of 151 individuals including 31 clinicaldepressed, 60 non-clinical depressed, and 60 normal individuals were asked to complete the Personal Behavior Inventory (PBI) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). The results revealed that the clinical group reported lower levels of inner-directed style than the non-clinical and normal groups, while the normal group scored inner-directed style higher than the clinical and non-clinical groups. The results also showed that the clinical group reported higher levels of other-directed style than the non-clinical and normal groups, while the normal group scored other-directed style lower than the clinical and non-clinical groups. Non-clinical depressed individuals scored predictability in their personal behavior higher than clinical depressed individuals. Based on the results of the present study it can be concluded that inner- and other-directed styles of controlling behavior are considered as important predicting factors for depression in opposite directions. Those who have inner control style of behavior believe that their efforts are effective and try to reach their goals. This kind of attitude protects them against depression.