social problems

How to better get along in the world:

Is it that we don’t make mistakes on purpose when we judge the actions and intents of others…but we do make mistakes?

It’s common to imagine things that aren’t really happening. And based on these imaginary happenings, do we then expect certain things to happen in the future?

What causes these mistakes (called “fundamental attribution errors”) of observation? Social psychologists Lee Ross & Richard E Nisbett* say in their book The Person and the Situation we naturally give attention to human beings and mostly ignore their situations.

And so social problems come about naturally when we don’t pay attention to context. Is a noun almost useless without a verb?

* Ross, Lee; Nisbett, Richard E. (2011-10-25). The Person and the Situation Pinter & Martin. Kindle Edition.

 

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