Affective Component Essay

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An attitude is how you respond whether in a positive way, or a negative way, to a person; situation; idea; or object. Though most times people think of “attitude” in association to something displeasing or negative (ex. “Why do you have an attitude?”), it can often be about a positive response to something as well. Something I have an attitude towards is puppies, but in this case, this is a positive attitude. The positive, excitement, and joyful attitude I have towards puppies is also known as the Affective Component because this is the way a person feels towards something. When I see a puppy my face immediately lights up and my grin becomes as big as the moon and I usually run towards the puppy and ask to pet it, this is also known as the …show more content…
This is pretty common amongst girls and happened quite frequently in High School, having friends who dislike people (most of the time for good reasons) and as a “good” friend you should dislike them too for whatever drama they caused your friend. Case specific, having a best friend who’s boyfriend dumped them for another girl, when this girl knew they were dating and wiggled her way in. Being a good friend you automatically make judgements on her, because she hurt your friend and she clearly can’t be a good person if she did that and there is no reason for you to like her. But then you’re hanging out with a group of friends and said girl is there. My immediate reaction would be cold-shouldering her because I dislike her for what she did to my friend. But then over the time of hanging out you realize that she’s nice, considerate, really funny, and likes a lot of the same things you do. This has now caused me some discomfort or inconsistency to my precious ideas that I had, better known as Cognitive Dissonance. For this situation, a way that I reduced cognitive dissonance was be to acquiring new information that outweighs the dissonant beliefs. After hanging out with the girl, I was able to freely like her because in my head she wasn’t the nasty, boyfriend stealer but instead my thoughts were that she was a nice girl, who was …show more content…
An example of this is a time I went river rafting in intertubes with my friend and her family. We thought that it would be a lazy river trip in the intertubes on a slow river because all the parts we could see from the road were just like that. We were having a blast, it was sunny out and we were relaxing on our tubes and just enjoying a nice summer day. But behind one part of the trees that you couldn’t see from the road there was a very fast, scary, rapid. As we went over that rapid we all got torn apart and to different parts of the water. As I was able to get to a point in the river that I could stand I noticed that I could not see my friend’s head anymore. In this moment, without concern for myself I trumped back towards the more dangerous part of the water as i walked around and dug around to see if i could find her, I bumped her free from where she had been pulled under and her chin had been lodged and she couldn’t get out. It was a no- brainer for me, I couldn’t see my friend and even though it wasn’t safe I had to find her and make sure she was okay, I could have gotten hurt and then it would have been both of us stuck, but I didn’t think about it I simply just did it and because I did she was able to get free and we’re both here to tell the

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