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Consensus, Constancy, Distinctiveness in Behavior

Describe a situation that a person may have experienced in which the cause of a person's behavior was uncertain. Explain how the person might have used the concepts of consensus, constancy, and distinctiveness to determine whether the behavior in this situation was internally or externally caused.

Then, describe situations when a person have experienced the fundamental attribution error (correspondence bias), the actor-observer effect, and the self-serving bias.

For each example, describe the consequences of the attribution patterns.

Please include references to all resources used.

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As you describe a situation in the cause of a person's behavior was uncertain, I offer an idea to model from my own life. When visiting The Philippines, I encountered a group of people who used the concepts of consensus, constancy, and distinctiveness toward me. Their behavior in this situation was mainly externally caused and culturally biased by images of Americans from movies and media. For example, because they expected me as an American woman to act obnoxiously and provocatively like a Brittney Spears video character, they exerted consistency since "The tendency to seek and expect consistency may influence you to see what is consistent and to not see what is inconsistent" (wps.ablongman.com/ab_devito_intrprsnl_11/43/11047/...). They saw my consistency in the blonde hair and blues eyes, but they did not initially see that I was not a loose, wild, immoral person as they ...

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Personal examples of consensus, constancy, and distinctiveness in behavior are exemplified in this solution, which is about 514 words with references.

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