An attitude is “a relatively enduring organization of beliefs, feelings, and behavioural tendencies towards socially significant objects, groups, events or symbols” (Hogg, & Vaughan 2005, p. 150). Every individual has a different attitude towards certain things in their life. These attitudes are formed by experiences, how you were brought up (parents), who you hangout with and what you believe in. It is believed that attitudes may be described with three main components; affective, behavioural, and cognitive component. The affective part describes a persons feelings and emotions about the attitude object. Behavioural focuses on how our attitude influences how we act and behave. Lastly, the cognitive component involves the knowledge and believes a person has about an attitude object. Each of these components have a major influence on our attitudes towards things. Attitude may also be influenced by more practical things like what our friends, family and peers believe in, personal experiences, and media/mass marketing in the social world. Also who we surround ourselves with has an influence on how we carry ourselves. The formation and why we have a certain attitude have ties together. Both are heavily influenced by peers, family and who we look up to. I think that even more specific things influence our behaviour and attitude as well. Such as the type of music we listen to. Or the shows/movies we watch. Even things like how we see ourselves (confidence levels) and what we think others think of ourselves. Attitudes play a big part in our lives. I like to think that your attitude makes you more diverse/dimensional and adds depth to your character. Without attitude and a certain behaviour that you may give off, we would be bland and boring. Attitude adds individuality. It can also change and make us view people in certain ways. We have an attitude to let people know how we feel, what we like and don’t like, and so we are able to show others our characteristics and what we are like as a person. Attitudes can change at certain times in your life. For instance, if something occurs in your life to make you suddenly depressed, your attitude isn’t going to be as uplifting as it was before. So, it can change because of experiences, change in beliefs, change in character, and possibly even a change in outlook (positive or negative). In comparison to how attitudes can change, there is a difference in a males attitude compared to females. Biologically, females are more prone to be more sympathetic, caring and show more emotions (crying). This is because women don’t produce as much testosterone as men. Testosterone is a chemical in the human body that has effect on your emotions and attitude. It has the ability to make you show less emotions like crying and being sad. This is why guys tend to cry less then women, because there bodies produce more of this chemical. Women and men are also different when it comes to attitude because women have that natural sense to care, love and help others. Where as men are more likely to not show that as much. Overall, attitude plays a very big part in our everyday lives and without it we would be a very boring species.
As I said before, it is very common for people to have diverse behaviours and attitudes. Specifically, people may have a negative or positive attitude. Behaviours that go hand in hand with a positive attitude are things like motivating yourself and others, being happy, enjoying your life, laughing and smiling, being proud of yourself and others around you, having hope for the future, being true to yourself, and being friendly. On the other end of the spectrum, a negative attitude may be characterized by things like having depression, having no hope for yourself or the future, being sad all the time, not being able to see the positive in things, negative comparison with others, having negative assumptions, duelling on the past, blaming others, and never or rarely being happy. I think that the attitudes of people around you rub off on to you. If you surround yourself with positive and motivated people, you are most likely going to be motivated and positive too. In comparison, I think that parents (to some degree) have a influence on their children’s behaviours and attitudes. For example, if a kids parents are constantly fighting, it is going to be difficult for that child to be happy and have a positive outlook. But I also believe that as that kid gets older, they will start to mature and are able to handle themselves. Therefor, they will be able to choose if they want to be sad or happy, positive or negative. The parental environment that a child is in may influence their current attitudes, and if that child’s parents motivate them or not may have an influence of if that child is a motivated person. Overall, I think kids are more likely to learn attitude from there parents and the people that are closest to them, but it is up to them to decide to act the same or not. That being said, I think people are attracted to people like themselves. People hangout with other people that share the same goals, attitudes, behaviours and interests. So, I think that friends do share common attitudes, and I believe this exhibits itself more as people grow up and discover who they are, what they like and so on. Lastly, I think that people who hangout in a certain”group” may share common attitudes and behaviours. I believe that the closer the group, the more likely of them to share common beliefs, behaviours and attitudes. For example, someone who hangs out with a group once a month, may not be as close as a AAA hockey team that spend time together every night and day. As I said before, people tend to be attracted to people that share the same interests and goals together. This same theory goes for people in groups and if they share the same beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.