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General Psychology 101
Submitted to: Dr. T. Millet
Extra Credit Fall 2016
Submitted by: April Hinton
Date: 22 November 2016
The psychological definition of attribution from our textbook is defined by
How individuals judge other people’s behaviors with their own statements about why other people behave a certain way.
The two critical misjudgments people make are about prejudice and discrimination:
Prejudice is the internal negative thoughts and ideas against another group of people based only on their “membership” to that other group. Discrimination on the other hand, is the negative behavior of acting on that prejudice against another group of people. Prejudice and discrimination can be socially learned from generation to generation. It can also be from misplaced aggression by putting the blame on someone else. Lastly, it can be from economic competition to make sure they survive financially better than others.
Illustrate the two critical misjudgments people make using examples from my own history:
There have been times when I used attribution. I did misjudge my son’s teachers on a few occasions using prejudice and discrimination. I felt something “off” about one of his teachers. I thought that she was a little slow, and I wondered about her own mental health. My actions were to tell other parents about negative information about what I thought about her. However, as I communicated with her more, that feeling has faded and I feel more confident in her abilities. She created a plan to help my son do well in school, and so far it’s working. Unfortunately, if the plan wasn’t working, I would still think that she wasn’t doing her job well enough.
Ciccarelli, S. K. & White, J. N. (2014). Psychology (4th ed.). Pearson – Prentice Hall.