The Importance Of Behavior

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Our everyday behaviors can reveal the personality traits we have based on our habits or behaviors. Applying psychological concepts to them helps to understand these behaviors better and why certain people behave one way or another. I’ve noticed that I tend to judge people mostly how their physical behavior and the way they interact with people. I’ve come to find that when I do that it helps me to determine what type of person they are and if I would want to know them better such as becoming friends with them. Many times I’ve had strangers come up and try to make a conversation with me. Although I did try to be pleasant to them, I really wasn’t interested in making a conversation with them. When I think back about those moments, I feel that…show more content…
I always try to imagine the future of a certain event and I imagine different aspects of it and how it can turn out bad. But on the other hand, I’m a very independent person and I’m always determined to strive toward a certain goal. Many times, I find people who are always offering to help me with something. And I often feel bad because I reject them and say that I can do this on my own, I don’t need any help. Because of this, I thought it would be interesting to find out why I act this certain way in most situations. This is sort of like a personality trait but also a habit that I notice I do everyday. I feel like this also has to do with my response to an experience. For example, if something unpleasant has occurred in my past, I have learned the lesson and as a result act differently than I did before. It would be interesting to apply a couple of psychological concepts and see how the way they work to influence my personality and my…show more content…
Because of the way I judge other’s behaviors to figure out who they are as a person is an example of attribution theory. Attribution theory is attributing feelings, beliefs, and intentions to others in order to understand their behavior. For example, when I am at the store and I see a person helping someone else. I think to myself and classify them as a nice thoughtful person and that they are doing what they are doing because of the way they were brought up. Something else I use in social thinking is fundamental attribution error. Fundamental attribution is the way you look at another person 's behavior and try to explain their behavior in terms of external or internal factors such as personal characteristics or a situation. Often times people tend to overestimate the internal factors and underestimate the influence of external factors. Like I mentioned above, I judge people based on their impression, fundamental attribution error can play a role in this. Since I am looking and analyzing a person’s behavior to figure out what the person is like, I am paying too much attention to their personal characteristics and chose to ignore the situation they are in. For example, when I see someone acting rude in public I assume that that person is someone who I would not want to meet because they look like a bad person based on their behavior. But that is the part where the error is.
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