Sunday, October 15, 2006

The faculty flunks Psych 101

A basic concept in psychology is the Fundamental Attribution Error: the tendency for people to over-emphasize dispositional, or personality-based, explanations for behaviors observed in others while under-emphasizing the role and power of situational influences.

According to one study, middle-aged people are less prone to this error than young or older adults. Not the faculty at my school. Instead of assuming that the pain and stress of my injury led me to display some questionable behavior, they assumed I had loose boundaries.
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  1. Whatever the faculty's faults may be, you have to live in their world. Do not give them opportunities to again say you have "loose boundaries." Do not expect them to be empathic. Keep a low profile and confide only in very close friends. Keep you private matters private. Play it safe! Deal with your anger at them to your benefit -- perform well discreetly.

  2. I would have to agree with the first anonymous, unfortunately. As awful as it is that you're getting totally screwed for stuff that's not your fault, sometimes you just have to put up and shut up.