Fundamental Attribution Error 

· Fundamental attribution error – overestimate dispositional explanations, minimize situational explanations; this is a pretty common error people make. 

· It can be the cause of road rage – “That guy’s a jerk, he just cut me off!” (dispositional attribution) instead of thinking, “Man, I was in that guy’s blind spot and he didn’t see me.” (situational attribution)

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· It can also be the cause of many a relationship fight – “She didn’t call me like she said she would because she’s not interested in me!” (dispositional attribution) instead of “I wonder if her phone died before she could call me.” (situational attribution)


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