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Attitude and behavior relationship

1. Do our attitudes determine our behavior? If not, does that make us all hypocrites?
2. When do attitudes predict behavior?
3. How does our behavior influence our attitudes?

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1. Do our attitudes determine our behavior? If not, does that make us all hypocrites?

Attitude is a favorable or unfavorable evaluative reaction toward something or someone, exhibited in ones beliefs, feelings, or intended behavior (Myers, p. 36). It is a social orientation - an underlying inclination to respond to something either favorably or unfavorably.

Yes, our attitude does determine the behavior. Attitudes may influence behavior. People will behave in ways consistent with their attitudes. But, of course, our behaviors do not always conform to attitudes (and vice versa). Attitudes don't always determine behavior (LaPiere, 1934).
Attitudes are mindsets that ...

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This solution provides information on the correlation between attitude and behavior answering a few basic questions such as whether or not our attitudes determine our behavior, when do attitudes predict behavior and how does our behavior influence our attitudes.

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