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‘Attribution Theory’

Attribution Theory

Updated: 17 June 2016

From the work of Fritz Heider. Graphic copyright © 2001 Psychology Press Ltd

According to Fritz Heider (1958), we produce attributions (beliefs about the causes of behaviour) based on two sources of information…

Internal attributions – based on something within the individual whose behaviour is being observed – their natural character
External attributions – based on something external to that individual – nothing to do with who they are specifically, it is the situation they are in

Internal […]

Meta-States & the Cognitive Triad

Updated: 4 April 2016

The Meta-States model of L Michael Hall (1995) and the Cognitive Psychology concepts of Cognitive Labelling Theory and the Cognitive Triad naturally complement each other in providing insight and understanding as to how beliefs and belief structures are formed. However, the models do need to be linked to provide the fuller picture.

The linking mechanism is provided by the vMEMES of the Gravesian approach. For some people, their temperamental Dimensions of Temperament may also be of importance.

Michael […]