Attitude can be defined as our response to people, places, things, or events in life. It can be referred to as a person’s viewpoint, mindset, beliefs, etc. Our attitude towards people, places, things, or situations determines the choices that we make. Attitude is composed of three components, which include cognitive component, affective/emotional component, and behavioral component. Basically, the cognitive component is based on the information or knowledge, whereas affective component is based on the feelings. The behavioral component reflects how the attitude affects the way we act or behave.
~ Sense of responsibility
~ Willingness to adapt
~ Feeling of being disconnected
It must be noted that one’s behavior might not always reflect one’s attitude. However, studies have suggested that people might change their behavior, if the inconsistencies between their beliefs and behavior are pointed out to them. In general, a positive attitude is most likely to have a good effect on one’s behavior.
Attitudes are formed over the years by various means. Sometimes, they are based on our experiences. At times, they might be acquired from other people. Our attitude might be based on the truth, or what we might consider to be the truth. It is possible for people to change their attitude. For that, one would need to change the way he/she thinks, feels, or behaves. However, changing the way one feels is not that easy. The affective component of attitude is powerful and difficult to control. Hence, one should first make an effort to change the cognitive (thinking) and behavioral component.