[Answered] Distinguish between attitude and behaviour. How attitude of an individual influence its behaviour?

Demand of the question
Introduction. Define what is is attitude and behaviour.
Body. Difference between attitude and behaviour. How attitude determines behaviour?
Conclusion. Conclude.

Attitude is a person’s mental outlook, which defines the way we think or feel anything. It has a strong impact on our decisions, actions, stimuli, etc.

Behaviour is an individual’s reaction to a particular action, person or environment. It is the manner of acting or controlling oneself towards other people.

Attitude Behaviour
Attitude refers to a person’s mental view, regarding the way he/she thinks or feels about someone or something.  Behaviour implies the actions and conduct of an individual or group towards other persons.
Attitude is more personal. Behaviour is more social.
Factors like environment, experiences, and moral values mainly influence attitudes. Attitudes, character traits, biological factors like endocrine and nervous responses influence our behaviour.
It is a hypothetical construct whose direct observation is not possible. Behaviour is visible through consequences and result.
A person’s attitude is mainly based on the experiences gained by him during the course of his life and observations. The behaviour of a person is basedon the situation and circumstances.  
Attitude is a person’s inner thoughts and feelings. Behaviour is an expression of person’s attitude.
Attitude is defined by the way we perceive things. Behaviour is ruled by social norms.
Attitude reflects one’s emotions, opinions and thoughts. Behaviour reflects one’s attitude as actions are the reflection of our thoughts.

How attitude guides an individual’s behaviour?

Attitude is one of the main factors that trigger emotions, decision-making, thinking and behaviour in an individual. Following are some examples of how attitude influence the behaviour:

  1. A positive attitude can will lead to a positive behaviour. E.g A person who has positive attitudes towards work and co-workers (such as contentment, friendliness, etc.) can positively influence those around them.
  2. Similarly negative attitude lead to negative behaviour. E.g, if a person have a negative attitude towards women, he will discriminate women in all fronts of life.
  3. A selfish attitude will guide individual’s action in same manner. E.g A cricketer who put his self interest and profit above the nation, will take money to loose the game.
  4. Logic or rational attitudes develop a rational behaviour. E.g a rational person will not act superstitiously and will always try to find rational behind any act.
  5. An egoistic attitude will result in a negative attitude and behaviour. E.g elder individuals control their younger siblings even if they are wrong to satisfy their ego of being elder.
  6. An attitude based on values and beliefs will act according to the values. E.g in India touching feet of elders is guided by attitude of giving respect to them.

Thus it can be said that attitude guides one behaviour. Therefore a person’s attitude will define his/her actions.

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