From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Attitude is an emotion that all people get when they have other emotions. Attitudes are positive, negative or neutral views of an "attitude object": i.e. a person, behaviour or event. People can also be "ambivalent" towards a target, meaning that they simultaneously possess a positive and a negative bias towards the attitude in question.
Attitudes come from judgments. Attitudes develop on the ABC model (affect, behavioral change and cognition). The affective response is a physiological response that expresses an individual's preference for an entity. The behavioral intention is a verbal indication of the intention of an individual. The cognitive response is a cognitive evaluation of the entity to form an attitude. Most attitudes in individuals are a result of observational learning from their environment. The link between attitude and behavior exists but depends on human behavior, some of which is irrational. For example, a person who is for blood transfusion may not donate blood. This makes sense if the person does not like the sight of blood, which explains this irrationality.
Attitude may refer to:
- Attitude (psychology), a person's perspective toward a specified target and way of saying and doing things
- Propositional attitude, a relational mental state connecting a person to a proposition
- Attitude (art), the posture or gesture given to a figure by a painter or sculptor
- Attitude (ballet position)