1.) What is an attitude?
An attitude is reflected in a persons behavior, and is an organization of beliefs, feelings, emotions and outcome towards either a person, event, place or thing. It is made up of what you think, do and feel.
2.) How do we form attitudes?
We usually form attitudes from the result of an upbringing and experience. There are numerous and many ways/factors that one forms an attitude and influences it. For example we can form a negative attitude towards things such as school, if a student is constantly getting bad grades and in trouble with the teachers. If this carries on, we then have a negative attitude towards school and do not wish to go or participate. From this site it states that researchers have found three major components that help form attitudes. They are-
- Cognitive Component: Your thoughts and beliefs about the subject.
- Affective Component: How the object, person, issue or event makes you feel.
- Behavioral Component: How the attitude influences your behavior.
3.) Why do we have attitudes?
Attitudes are a natural impulse. They help shape and form a person into who they are and how we act and behave. Without attitudes we would not have reactions to anything in life and we would become impersonal and have no personalities. We therefor naturally create certain attitudes to become unique and develop traits to either relate or differ us from others. We have attitudes as we become more experienced to the world around us, our culture and our upbringing. We also develop them to create relationships with those around us.
4.) How do attitudes change?
There are numerous ways to change an attitude whether it is intentionally or without knowing. When typing into google “how do you change your attitude?” I automatically got multiple websites giving you lists upon lists of how to change your attitude for the better and fix things. The one thing about attitudes is that they are not set in stone. On this website I found a very interesting bit of information relating back to Behaviorism. It was saying that classical and operant conditioning and observational learning can be used to bring out a certain attitude and/or change it. Behaviorism can strengthen an attitude to help a situation or weaken it to hinder a negative behavior and attitude. Attitudes change as we become more experienced to the world around us and develop more opinions on certain things. The more we are surrounded by a certain thing the more we start to develop feelings, attitudes and emotions to is. Take school as an example- the older we become, the more years of experience we have of it, so then the likely hood of us developing an negative attitude towards it increases, opposed to when we were little and just starting out and loving it. I also believe that attitudes change depending on the stage of life we are in. Typically, as teenagers, we will develop more negative attitudes towards things such as school. When we are adults however, we come to develop an appreciative attitude towards school.
5.) What are the major influences on attitude?
There are many factors that majorly influence ones attitude, I personally think that some of the bigger influences are:
- The influence of those around you.
- The influence of your environment
- The influence of your work/ school
- The influence of your personal choices
- The influence of your experiences
- The influence of your self-esteem
- The influence of your health
In conclusion I believe that these certain influences are the ones that affect attitude the most. Essentially, the world around you and the world you live in will be the factor that makes your attitude the way it is. I used this website for information.
6.) How do the attitudes of males and females compare?
I feel like the attitudes of males and females are quite different, only due to the way society makes us seem we should be. I believe that males are perceived to always have a negative attitude towards certain things, such as school. They always have to seem like their attitudes are so tough all of the time and cannot show a caring type of attitude. For females, I believe this to be the opposite. I think that females are perceived to always have a positive attitude, and never a negative one. Females are always supposed to be happy and be the loving and care giving type. Take having kids for example. When this happens, the female is automatically supposed to be the one that is way more loving while the male tries to keep up his tough guy act and go to work. Therefor, the attitudes between the two will be extremely different. It is considered to be weird if the roles are switched around.
7.) What types of behaviors describe a “positive attitude?”
To be considered to have a positive attitude here are some behaviors that show this:
- Believing you will have a good outcome on everything you do
- Making the best out of everything you do
- self- love
- Positive thoughts and feelings
- Accepting the things you cannot change
- Being healthy/ your definition of healthy
- Surrounding yourself around those who make you happy
- Making good choices
- Being in an environment that you enjoy
8.) What types of behaviors describe a “negative attitude?”
To be considered to have a negative attitude here are some behaviors that show this:
- Surrounding yourself with those who bring you down
- Not loving yourself and who you are
- Making bad choices
- Believing you will never have a good outcome on the things that you do
- Being unable to accept the things you cannot change
- Negative thoughts and feelings
- Being unhealthy
- Being in an environment you do not like or enjoy
9.) Do children have the same basic attitudes as their parents?
Yes I believe that children have the same attitudes as their parents, but only as children. Once they get older and become teenagers and adults they begin to form their own independent attitudes, thoughts and feelings. As children though, our parents attitudes are reflected and shown through us. When reading this question I thought of the quote “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” If we grow up with our parents always being happy and a good family home, we will therefor also develop a happy and healthy attitude towards our home and life just like our parents. For example- If us as children continuously grow up with our parents hating peas and having a negative attitude towards peas, we will also be the same towards them. We see that the people we look up to in life think negatively about something we will do the same, just because as children we are such imprintable beings. Whenever an encounter with peas presents itself we will automatically turn our noses and become negative. As we get older however, we start to explore more things on our own and these pre-set attitudes may begin to change as we become exposed to more. I found this very interesting article/post on the relationship between parents attitudes related to there kids and if they just take the same political belief as there parents, and why. Click here to view it!
10.) Do friends share common attitudes?
Yes, friends do share common attitudes, and I actually believe that friendships are formed based on attitudes and they are how people bond. If you share a common attitude over something and another peer has that same attitude it will bring the two together. If you and your peer do not see eye to eye and have different attitudes on something it will distance you two and pull you apart. You are friends with someone because they share the same beliefs and values as you, so if they think differently about something than you do about things, it will not pull you closer and you will tend to lean towards the people who do share common attitudes with you. The best friendships are between those who have the same beliefs, values, attitudes and feelings as you. If this is not the case you will not share the ability to get along and develop a healthy friendship.
11.) Brainstorm identifiable groups (e.g., males, females, athletes, musicians, oldest in the family). Are there common attitudes amongst members of the same “group”?
- Book nerd
- Religious groups
- Political parties
Yes, there are most definitely common and similar attitudes between and amognst members of the same groups, that is why the groups are there. You share similar traits, feelings, attitudes and emotions with the others in your group. Take teenagers vs. adults for example- your mindset and look on life are quite different which therefor means that you will develop different attitudes. Adults will have a more appreciative attitude on life, after experiencing far more than teenagers have. Teenagers will have a more negative attitude on life because they are just starting to become thrown into the mix of life and how crazy it all is and become sour. Another example would be athletes vs. musicians. You both have different values and different goals on what you think to be important to you in life, so therefor, your attitudes will not be very similar on certain things and you will not be eye to eye on everything like a fellow athlete to athlete would on something. Different religious groups will most definitely have a different attitude than those not involved in a religious group. So in conclusion, it is very similar to friendships. You will share common beliefs and attitudes with those in the same groups as you, and most likely differ from those who are not. That is why you are in those groups, because you share such big similarities in everything and do not agree with any other groups.
Check out this video on attitude here!