Psych M.D. - Attitude


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Term: Attitude
Definition (Myers):A belief or feeling that predisposes one to respond in a particular way to objects, people, and events.
Definition (alternative): from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attitude
1: the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure : posture 2: a position assumed for a specific purpose <a threatening attitude> 3: a ballet position similar to the arabesque in which the raised leg is bent at the knee 4 a: a mental position with regard to a fact or state <a helpful attitude> b: a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state 5: the position of an aircraft or spacecraft determined by the relationship between its axes and a reference datum (as the horizon or a particular star) 6: an organismic state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus (as an object, concept, or situation) 7 a: a negative or hostile state of mind b: a cool, cocky, defiant, or arrogant manner
Contextual explanation: Our attitudes affect pretty much everything. For instance, if someone tells you that a certain person is mean and you believe the informer, we may start to not like the individual and even act in a hostile manner. Even if we do not know anything about this particular person, just based on our attitude, we may believe that we know this person and judge him/her in a positive or negative manner.
Related terms and concepts:
Foot-in-the-door phenomenon (page yet to be made)
Attitudes and Actions (Page yet to be finished)
Do Our Actions Affect Our Attitudes? (page yet to be finished)
Dr. Alex Pattakos: The Meaning of Positive Thinking
Will Smith on the Power of Positive Thinking
http://eqtoday.com/02/images/triangles-tfa.gifPhoto Credit: http://cultivategreatness.com/2006/12/07/what-is-emotional-intelligence
Related websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attitude_(psychology)
http://www.exforsys.com/career-center/attitude-development/the-psychology-of-attitude.html
Edited by: Soomin



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