PART II. ATTITUDE, BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORS TRANSITION: We’ve learned that value programming is largely shaped and influenced by our socialization process. In other words, socialization begets our values, so let’s examine how values influence the remainder of our thought process beginning with attitude.
1. Definition of Attitude:A state of mind or feeling with regard to some matter; a disposition. In other words, an attitude is our tendency to evaluate some symbol, object, or aspect of our world in a favorable or unfavorable manner. It also can be defined as a state of mind or feeling with regard to some matter. The word “attitude” is use rather loosely as a catchall term for the whole collection of one’s opinions, prejudices, and sentiments, even though the basic meanings of these terms are different.
2. Redefined, it means that attitudes are something we learn. This learning usually occurs gradually through many different kinds of experience or as the result of a particularly powerful emotional experience. Most attitudes are learned from those experiences can be favorable or unfavorable, pleasant or unpleasant, and the resulting attitude ends up as negative or positive. Social environment plays an important part in shaping attitudes. We may reflect attitudes from others such as; parents, friends, leaders or persons of prestige. We may acquire them from the cultural influence of a certain geographical area such as; a farm, small town or slum. Also, attitudes may be affected by age, position and education.
3. In the early stages of development, attitudes can be changed by new experiences. In later stages of development however, attitudes have a tendency to be fixed and difficult to change.