Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour
7. What is the difference between attitude and behaviour? Why at times human beings display behaviour that is contrary to their attitudes?
Difficulty level: Tough
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Abstract Thursdays’ in Mission-202 Secure.
Structure of the answer:
Start with defining Attitude and Behaviour.
Attitudes are views, beliefs, or evaluations of people about something (the attitude object). The attitude object can be a person, place, thing, ideology, or an event. Attitudes can be positive or negative
While attitude involves mind’s predisposition to certain ideas, values, people, systems, institutions; behaviour relates to the actual expression of feelings, action or inaction orally or/and through body language.
Explain that Difference between attitudes and behaviours is best described by cognitive dissonance theory.
Give examples to depict divergence in behaviour from attitude.
Conclude with fair and balanced opinion.