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Attitude what is it and why does it affect our behavior When someone says You have a bad attitude what do they mean Is it behavior that is externalizing an attitude or is it the attitude that is presenting a certain behavior Can changing your attitude change your behavior These are questions answered throughout this essay Behavior is affected by attitudes as well as by external social influences This essay will discuss the three circumstances in which attitudes affect our behavior We will discuss how attitudes are affected by outside influences are specifically relevant to behavior and when conscious of attitudes we can change our behavior Attitudes are beliefs and feelings that predispose our reactions to objects people and events if we believe something we can make it happen Attitudes as beliefs guide our actions accordingly Change the way people think said South African civil rights martyr Steve Biko and things will never be the same Although it is usually assumed that if you can change someones attitude you can change someones behavior studies have shown otherwise 2001 When a person has a strong conviction and is in touch with their personal beliefs and attitudes then external influences will have a minimal effect For example when a congressman is advised to vote yes or no on a particular issue because it is the will of those who elected him he or she may still personally feel a different way about the issue Outside influences are having a small effect on his or her personal attitudes and actions Further studies have demonstrated the relevance between attitude and specific behaviors 2001 Beliefs and attitudes carried by people are misleading and often times divergent from their actions People readily profess general attitudes and yet these attitudes contradict their behavior Jesse Jackson offers a prime example while he preaches family values he had an affair and a baby with a woman other than his wife His attitude might be
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