Attribution Error

Fundamental Attribution Error is “the tendency to believe that what people do reflects who they are”, (Wikipedia) that is, to overestimate the role of personality in what they do and underestimate the importance of the situation or context. i.e. if you bump into someone, it is an understandable mistake, if someone else bumps into you, it’s because they are a clumsy idiot.

Not thinking of myself at all, but I wonder if there is such a thing as the inverted fundamental attribution bias, where a person imagines that everything other people do is considered, calculated and well-judged, but everything they themselves do is clumsy and ill-conceived …? Asking for a friend.

Photo from Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Published by Peter Runkel

"Work hard and be nice to people." Anthony Burrill

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