What Is an Attitude?

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What is an attitude? An attitude can be characterized as a positive or negative outcome its can affect, people, object or just about anything in your environment (Eagly, 1998, p. 269). Attitude depends on a person state of mind whether it’s positive or negative upon vs. bad attitude. A negative attitude comes from negative thoughts that turns into a permanent attitude. There is different negative thinking patterning for example; all or nothing thinking. I also call this “black or white” thinking. Everything is all good, or all bad. There is nothing in between. Overgeneralization you tend to view any single negative thing as an eternal pattern of negativity. If one bad thing happens, the world is obviously coming to an end disqualifying the positive you can’t accept anything positive ever happening. So if something good happens, you always find a way to turn it into a negative thing, or explain why it was a fluke or it doesn’t count. Mental filter you filter out all good qualities of something so you can focus on the negative. In this way everything becomes negative. Jumping to conclusions you become a mind reader and a fortune teller. You interpret everything in a negative way without any supporting evidence catastrophizing or minimization. You blow minor things out of proportion, and minimize positive things. Emotional reasoning you assume that your negative emotions and feelings reflect actual reality. If you feel bad, everything is bad. Should statements you try and mold the world to your vision of reality, instead of accepting the world’s reality. A very common version of this in relationships is, “If he (or she) loved me he (or she) wouldn’t ….” Labeling and mislabeling Overgeneralization in the extreme you actually believe the overgeneralizations and 3

make them reality in your own mind....
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