Middle Ground: Puzzling Public Behaviors
Why do people do the things they do?
- Pick a behavior from the list below.
- What is the reason that someone else would do this?
- What is the reason you would do this?
What's going on?
It's often easier for us to think that other people's behavior is due to their character, as opposed to their circumstances or experiences. Social scientists have named this tendency the fundamental attribution error. We're less likely to make this error when it comes to our own behavior, because we know what motivates us to do a particular thing. How do you explain why people do what they do? Are your explanations different for yourself?
- Pick a new behavior from the list. Repeat.