“An attitude is "a relatively enduring organization of beliefs, feelings, and behavioral tendencies towards socially significant objects, groups, events or symbols" (Hogg, & Vaughan 2005, p. 150)
There are three main components to the structure of attitudes. One of the components is the Affective component. The affective component is involved with the way people feel, and the emotions they have for others, places, animal or things. An example: I was in the woods, and I was scared of how big the bear was, now I am thinking about what is the bear going to do to me?
The Behavioral component of attitudes, is what influence us to react to certain things that is said heard or done to us. You can be walking across the street, and a car is about to hit you, but your first reaction is to stop and look at the car, instead of getting out the way. That is part of the attitude that you can control, to avoid saying and doing things that you will regret. For example: if I see a bear, I am going to scream running to get somebody attention. I know I am supposed to stop and stay still, but my first behavior is to run for my life.
The last, but not least is the Cognitive component of a person attitude. This component is what make a person believe in what they think can happen to them or what is true. It is the knowledge you have on what is going on in this world and around you. An example: I believe bears are dangerous, also I believe all dogs are not friendly.
I believe all three components play a major role when it comes to somebody attitude, and controlling it to make the right decisions that come their way. The way the attitudes are formed can be from different things like a person’s experience. “Attitudes form directly as a result of experience. They may emerge due to direct personal experience, or they may result from observation”
Social Factors, “Social roles and social norms can have a strong influence on attitudes. Social roles relate to how people are expected to...