Vocabulary Builder - latchHe spoke with the diffidence of a man who knew how slight a thing would overset the delicate organization of the mind, and yet with the confidence of a man who had slowly won his assurance out of personal endurance and distress. ``From this prison here of horror, whence I every hour tend nearer and nearer to destruction, I send you, Monsieur heretofore the Marquis, the assurance of my dolorous and unhappy service. She had high animal spirits, and a sort of natural self consequence, which the attention of the officers, to whom her uncle's good dinners, and her own easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance. The very first sentence conveyed the assurance of their being all settled in London for the winter, and concluded with her brother's regret at not having had time to pay his respects to his friends in Hertfordshire before he left the country. Her power was sinking; everything must sink under such a proof of family weakness, such an assurance of the deepest disgrace.
SPARKNOTESAttributions are inferences that people make about the causes of events and behavior. People make attributions in order to understand their experiences. Attributions strongly influence the way people interact with others. Types of Attributions Researchers classify attributions along two dimensions: internal vs. external and stable vs. unstable. Internal vs. Attribution theory proposes that the attributions people make about events and behavior can be classed as either internal or external. Example: Maria’s car breaks down on the freeway. Stable vs. Researchers also distinguish between stable and unstable attributions. Example: Lee gets a D on his sociology term paper. Attribution Bias When people make an attribution, they are guessing about the causes of events or behaviors. The Fundamental Attribution Error The fundamental attribution error is the tendency to attribute other people’s behavior to internal factors such as personality traits, abilities, and feelings. The Self-Serving Bias