Fundamental attribution error. It helped me to break it down…
Forming a necessary base or core; of central importance: the protection of fundamental human rights | interpretation of evidence is fundamental to the historian's craft.
Verb |əˈtriˌbyoōt| [ trans. ] ( attribute something to)
Regard something as being caused by (someone or something) : he attributed the firm's success to the efforts of the managing director | the bombing was attributed to the IRA.
A mistake: spelling errors | an error of judgment. See note at mistake.
• the state or condition of being wrong in conduct or judgment: the money had been paid in error | the crash was caused by human error.
The fundamental attribution error is how people perceive each other. Usually people that have a more positive outlook on the world see people’s positive qualities. People that tend to be more negative see negative characteristics in other people. In any given situation people tend to over emphasize internal quos to the behavior of others while under estimate outside influences. This means subconsciously we are quick to make rash statements about situations without knowing the whole situation. A helpful example could be to picture someone walking down a street. All of a sudden someone from behind bumps into them and dashes off. Most people initial reaction would be startled and say “What the fuck? You’re a jerk! Watch out!” But at the same time the person that bumped into the other person could be rushing off because they’re in a hurry to catch the bus down the block. Without knowing that the person didn’t intentionally run into the other person we are quick to assume that they’re just an ass hole.