Fundamental Attribution Error

I already knew that the human behaviour is a function of one’s personality and one’s situation. But, I had an aha moment in today’s leadership class when I learnt about the Fundamental Attribution Error that elaborates on how we perceive this behaviour in others and in ourselves. In others, we tend to overlook the role of the situation and stress more about the influence of personality. In ourselves, it’s vice versa. This explains so much about how we feel during domestic fights – we always find comfort in justifying our behaviour as being more situational and the other as being inherently the problem in the relationship. Now that the realisation has dawned, we can take ourselves less seriously, no?

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