As defined by the English advanced learner dictionary, attitude is the general way of holding the body.
But in psychology, attitude is a psychological construct, a mental and emotional entity that inheres in or characterizes a person. They are complex and are an acquired state through experiences. It is an individual's predisposed state of mind regarding a value and it is precipitated through a responsive expression towards oneself, a person, place, thing, or event (the attitude object) which in turn influences the individual's thought and actions. In general, attitude is the way you use your body to respond to stimuli, it's the way your body speaks even without uttering a voice.
Factors that determine an individual attitude.
The attitude of an individual can be determined by psychological factors which include ideas, values, beliefs, perception, etc. These factors have one or more roles to play in determining an individual's attitude. Idea are imagination been picture by the mind of an individual, Belief is the mental acceptance of a claim as true while perception is the conscious understanding of something.
Ideas In common usage and in philosophy, are the results of thought. The capacity to create and understand the meaning of ideas is considered to be an essential and defining feature of human beings. In a popular sense, an idea arises in a reflexive, spontaneous manner, even without thinking or serious reflection, for example, when we talk about the idea of a person or a place. A new or an original idea can often lead to innovation.
A belief is an attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition about the universe is true. To believe something is to take it to be true; for instance, to believe that chalk is white is comparable to accepting the truth of the proposition "chalk is white". However, holding a belief does not require active introspection.
Perception (from Latin perceptio 'gathering, receiving') is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information or environment.
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