Attitude is a Learned Behavior
Attitude is a learned behavior that can be changed based on the individuals choice and wiliness to change. The Webster’s New World Dictionary defines attitude in three different ways; first is a bodily posture showing mood or action, second is a manner showing one’s feeling or thoughts and third is one’s disposition. In General Attitudes are the feelings and thoughts you have about yourself and how you interact with other people. Attitude plays apart of everything in society’s life, from taking your first steps, going to high school, choosing a college, getting a job and choosing a mate. If attitude makes us who we are, gives us our character, then the question I purpose to you is, can you really get an “attitude adjustment” or is our attitude defined at birth?
For centuries, people have been intrigued with the question of what is human about human nature. How much of people’s characteristics and attitudes comes from “nature” (heredity, unable to change) or how much is from “nurture” (the social environment, contact with others) and the ability to change. It is for certain that physical and mental abilities are established by heredity, such as ability at sports and mathematics. As well as the color of your eyes, the size of your nose and your mother’s freckles. While such basic orientations to life, like your attitude, are the result of the environment one lives in and thus fore can be changed.
So, what about the nurture side of the equation, or the environment that gives us our attitude? Culture is a system of ideas about the nature of the world and how people should behave in it that it shares—and shared uniquely—by members of a community, that continually judges ones actions, hence attitude. Mostly when you hear the topic of attitudes, it’s someone telling you that you need to change it or something bad is going to happen to you. How many times has a parent said to their teen “you better change that attitude or I will change it for you!” This meaning that the teen’s attitude is not fitting into the “norms” the parent has set for them. Starting at birth we are taught the normal behaviors and the normal attitudes that we must continue to change in order to met society’s standards of norms. When surveying a group of men and women ranging in ages from 16 to 65, 39 out of 39 stated that they believed that the environment someone is in influences individuals attitudes. As well, although at times it seems very difficult to change, it is necessary to have the right attitude in order to succeed in life and to get that attitude takes hard work and constant change throughout life. Attitude is what make you or break you when you’re trying to achieve your goals in life.
Out of the book A Forest of Voices is an essay wrote by Tom Wolfe entitled O Rotten Gotham. The essay deals with him spending a day watching other New Yorkers and seeing how they deal with everything including each other. He also talks...