A person can infer that another person is acting as an Origin, that the locus of causality for that person's behavior lies within himself; or he can infer that the other person is acting as a Pawn and, therefore, that the locus of causality for the person's behavior is really external to himself. In short, a person may use the Origin-Pawn variable as a category with which to order his perceptions of the behavior of people that he meets in social interaction. He may say to himself, "John is finally acting like himself (like an Origin) and doing what he wants in college, whereas before everything he did seemed to be dictated by his father's strong desire for him to become a doctor" (his behavior was seen as that of a Pawn).