Attitude is everything
In psychology, attitude is an intangible psychological construct, an intangible mental and interpersonal persona that characterizes an individual. . This article will talk about how attitude can change your life and turn you into a successful person.
In psychological terms, the attitude is described as a mental construct with four components namely, recognition, evaluation, and motivation. It is also known as the attitude code or the attitude factor. Different psychologists define attitudes differently but they all agree on one thing: there are four components of attitude and they are very particular in their own way. Let's have a look on how attitude affects your life:
There are two forms of attitude: classical conditioning and non-classical conditioning. Classical conditioning is where a person is affected by an event or external stimulus (like a negative event) that results in a certain kind of behavior. The classical conditioning approach is very powerful and results in very rapid changes within a short time period. Non-classical conditioning on the other hand, cannot be done by means of classical conditioning because it involves more than just a certain kind of behavior. The non-classical conditioning approach on the other hand is slower but it lasts longer.
Your attitude has three components: cognitive, experiential, and behavioral. Cognitive attitude refers to your beliefs about yourself and your environment. These are the things that you believe about yourself. These may affect your thoughts, behaviors, and even your emotions.
Experiential attitude comes from your personal experience. It is your interpretation or your personal view on an event or a situation. Your attitudes form only what you believe. Your behavioral attitude on the other hand, is based on the results of your cognitive attitudes. It is influenced by the environment, your social factors, and your thoughts.
How can these three components influence your behavior? Let us take a look at how these attitudes can affect your social psychology. If your cognitive attitude is negative and pessimistic, then you will be more likely to have low self-esteem. In contrast, if you interpret situations positively and have positive attitudes, then you will be more likely to have high self-esteem. However, these attitudes are learned and need to be constantly renewed in order to maintain high self-esteem.
Your attitude also affects the way you think and feel about yourself. On one end of the attitude spectrum, your cognitive component shapes your beliefs and your behaviors. On the other end, your attitude affects your feelings and the way you interpret your experiences. And, lastly, your attitude can affect the people around you. In other words, your attitude can determine your level of success.
Classical conditioning and operant conditioning can both help you change your attitude toward life. By training yourself to think more positively, you can improve your performance at work, in school, and in your personal relationships. Conversely, by training yourself to change your attitude toward unpleasant situations, you can overcome difficult situations without resorting to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Through the process of classical conditioning and operant conditioning, your attitude toward life can be profoundly affected - it can even become your favorite attitude!
The cognitive component of your attitude determines your attitude toward pleasant or unpleasant events. In most cases, this component is "hard wired" into you. However, if you take the time to learn how to manage your thoughts and emotions, you can alter this hard wired attitude. You can change your attitude toward unpleasant events by learning to control your cognitive responses to them. For instance, you can respond to a hurtful event by positively imagining the other person's reaction - that is, by "mirroring" his or her feelings.
The second component of your attitude - the behavioral component - makes up the bulk of your attitude. Here, many people fall short. They try to make sense of the world and to apply their theories to their own behavior, but they often miss the boat. This failure results in the false belief that the only way to motivate someone is to threaten them with ostracism or even physical harm. The sad fact is that this threat has no effect on a person's willingness to cooperate.
If you want to change your attitude, you need to address both the cognitive and the behavioral elements of it. You may develop a "vicious cycle" in which your cognitive dissonance theory misleads you into believing that your behavior creates your attitude. You need to find a way to counter this corrosive cycle. If you try to deal with these issues through traditional moralizing or controlling behavior, you may end up making things worse. On the other hand, if you work on your attitude by reframing the situation in your own terms, you may find that your attitude changes for the better.