Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
6. Discuss how the attitude of people influences their conduct? Enumerate positive and negative attributes of attitude held by people in India. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications.
Why the question:
The question is from the static portions of GS paper IV, theme – Attitude.
Key Demand of the question:
One is expected to elaborate upon the fact that attitude has a bigger role in deciding one’s conduct along with the positive and negative attributes of attitude held by people in India.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Start with the definition of Attitude in general and its importance.
The answer body must have the following aspects covered:
Discuss the way in which attitude influence conduct of people –
Attitude is a learned/acquired predisposition or state of mind to behave/react to a given object. Object means all those living and non-living things that we face. Attitude has three aspects in its content i.e. Affect, Behaviour and Cognition. Explain then how these 3 components influence the conduct of people.
Then move onto enumerate positive and negative attributes of attitude in India at all the levels – Individual, societal and government level.
Conclude by hinting at its relevance to civil services; the civil servants require more of a behavioural competence to approach towards a situation. This has been the contentious issue with the young civil servants. The growing complexities of issue in the governance process, newly evolved problems need appropriate orientation, knowledge with civil servants to deal with such situations.