Fundamentals #1 – Fundamental Attribution Error

Everybody in my high school, shitting on me rapping
Wished we would’ve swapped journals
I am not the flop, I learned that when the block was hot
And Lil Wayne got me thinking that I got this


I busted out my college textbook for this, so you better like it.

I want to use this blog-interweb-binary data-1s and 0s-air-place-space to share some of my favorite parts of Social Psychology that have shaped me to my core.

all images stolen from google without permission, except the ones that arent
“worst side text-explanation of the millenia” award

In fact that ^ whole chart sucks, but i already took a photo of it so I’m leaving it.

The fundamental attribution error means, if I see someone wearing Crocs and a snuggie while standing in line at the Post Office, I’m gonna assume you’re a lazy piece of shit.

Jk you probably have depression like me. Whereas the reality is that you’re a beautiful intelligent super-person, also like me.

“We often underestimate the impact of the situation and overestimate the extent to which it reflects the individual’s traits and attitudes.”

Such as, you gave all your current clothes to a homeless person, and still had a snuggie and Crocs™ ready in your trunk.

Or on the contrary, you meet a hot and beautiful cutie and you apply more and more positive traits to that person irrationally.

AKA, Iggy Azalea being dumber than a pile of bricks.

her Botox™ doesn’t let her be angry at me

So class let’s apply this new knowledge back to that garbage chart ^ about comrade Fidel.

It was a Pro vs. Con debate where people just argue about shit for fun in some kind of competition setting. (???) People that argued in favor of Fidel™ were judged as actually supporting Fidel™, whether that was true or not.

This was the first research done on the topic, and it was 1967, so wasting words on paper in order to fill a textbook writing quota was apparently more common back then.

I honestly take the F.A.E. to heart. I try to assume nothing about someone’s character until I get to meet them a 2nd or 3rd time. This also leads me to getting taken advantage of and losing monies.

Here is some textbook academia mouth vomit:

“Although we usually make reasonable attributions, we often commit the F.A.E. (also called correspondence bias) when explaining other people’s behavior. We attribute their behavior so much to their inner traits and attitutes that we discount situational constraints. We make this attribution error partly because when we watch someone act, that person is the focus of our attention and the situation is relatively invisible. When we act, our attention is usually on what we are reacting to–the situation is more visible.”

thrilling. thanks David





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