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Attitude as Defined

Filed under: Psychology,Terminology — anlactunay @ 8:48 PM

attitude ==
A predisposition or a tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person, or situation. Attitude influences an individual’s choice of action, and responses to challenges, incentives, and rewards (together called stimuli).
Four major components of attitude are (1) Affective: emotions or feelings. (2) Cognitive: belief or opinions held consciously. (3) Conative: inclination for action. (4) Evaluative: positive or negative response to stimuli.

a. A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition: has a positive attitude about work; kept a dignified attitude throughout the crisis.
b. Arrogant or aggressive disposition or behavior: One customer with a lot of attitude really tried my patience.
a. A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture.
b. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.
a. The orientation of an aircraft’s axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon.
b. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion.

plural at·ti·tudes
1 [count] : the way you think and feel about someone or something
? He has a positive/negative attitude about the changes. — often + to, toward, or towards ? I don’t understand your attitude to money. ? She’s studying how attitudes toward death vary from culture to culture. ? He wants to change the hostile attitude they have toward technology.
2 [count] : a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior
? He has an aggressive/rebellious attitude. [=he behaves toward other people in an aggressive/rebellious way] ? She’s friendly and has a good attitude. ? You need to change your bad attitude. ? There’s been a change/shift in his attitude since his accident. ? She has an attitude problem. [=she is not friendly or cooperative]
3 informal a : a way of thinking and behaving that people regard as unfriendly, rude, etc. [count] ? I don’t know what her problem is. She has a real attitude. ? I suggest you get rid of that attitude and shape up. [noncount] ? He was showing some attitude during practice today, so the coach benched him.
b [noncount] : a strong, confident, or impressive quality
? a band/movie with attitude
4 [count] formal : a particular way of positioning your body
? She bowed her head in an attitude of prayer.


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