QUESTION: Example of a fundamental attribution error discussion: Please give an
Example of a fundamental attribution error discussion:
Please give an example of a fundamental attribution error. Challenge yourself to think up one on your own, rather than using google or the textbook. This will not be graded according to the rubric, but you will receive points for participating.
Chapter 1 begins with Kenneth Gergen explaining the basic idea of social construction. Everything is socially created and understood by shared meanings. Thus there is more than one reality, and everything is named and labeled based on the social reality that we all agree to.
Thus, we are not just products of our own personality and life, but rather we are created through the interaction with others and our culture, and the historical period we are in. Note, this concept is difficult to grasp at first, and the next few weeks of reading in ISL will build upon this, so for now just go with it, and it will sharpen over time in your mind as you read more.
Note these ideas can be related to the concept of the fundamental attribution error–when we don’t take into consideration the social structure that shapes circumstances, but rather attribute it to another’s personality or characteristics, we don’t understand the true situation.