Definition of Fundamental Attribution Error

In a workplace, Fundamental Attribution Error is the tendency to which a person attributes another person’s actions to his or her personality while they do not attribute such action of their own to their personality, but to the factors that are not in their control.

We often overlook an individual’s circumstances and situation that might be affecting their behavior while we overemphasize the personality traits that make them act in a certain way.


Example of Fundamental Attribution Error:

Steve and sally work in an organization, Steve blames sally for being lazy and not completing her task on time while Steve himself making excuses for not completing his task on time.

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