Quote from the article:
"the fundamental attribution error (also known as correspondence bias or
overattribution effect) is the tendency for people to over-emphasize
dispositional, or personality-based, explanations for behaviors observed
in others while under-emphasizing situational explanations. In other
words, people have an unjustified tendency to assume that a person's
actions depend on what 'kind' of person that person is rather than on
the social and environmental forces that influence the person.
Overattribution is less likely, perhaps even inverted, when people
explain their own behavior; this discrepancy is called the
Simple - Lack of logic/rationality. People who are both primarily emotion-
driven, and immature, strongly tend towards perceiving the unverse and its
denizens as reflections of their own inner world. IOW, projection. It's
like what our grandmothers used to tell us: Liars and theives typically
assume that there are no honest people, Bullies have a need to feel
powerful because they are insecure and fearful. And so on.
It's just that our grandmothers used slear, simple language, rather than
polysyllabic terminology and overly complex grammatical constructs.
Psychology's one of most readable of the disciplines-- scientific or
otherwise. Often, so-called simple language or, as you say, terminology
(5 syllables) requires complex elaborations to be understood.
While practically any human endeavor can become quite complex, the
'fundamental attribution error' seems pretty tight, concise and
understandable if you ask me, especially for what it does and describes.
When all your grandmothers get together and create a sufficient body of
research that conforms to some important scientific principles, minus
the "overly complex grammatical constructs" I'll be all ears. :)
One grandmother I know used to think that being gay was "unnatural".
"Whatever definition is considered apt, identifying particular items of
knowledge that are 'common sense' is more difficult. Philosophers may
choose to avoid using the phrase where precise language is required."
-- Wikipedia, on Common Sense
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