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Fundamental-Attribution Error

A fundamental-attribution error is when you assume that the actions someone takes are a direct reflection of who they are as a person rather than the scenario they were in. In reality, it is more likely that someoneโ€™s actions reflect the circumstances rather than who they are.

An example of this is if someone shows up late to a first date. If the fundamental-attribution error is applied, one might assume that the date is rude and doesnโ€™t respect your time. What is statistically more likely is that, despite the personโ€™s best efforts, they ran into traffic or had something come up unexpectedly.