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Psychology, attitude.  ---  .This section is about various other thoughts on attitudes.  Topics include: ( ) Specific attitudes.  ( ) What is an attitude.  ---  1/24/2006

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Attitudes and their relation to ethics and epistemology, i.e., truth and justice.  You want to hold views that are true and good.  (2) A person has metaphysical attitudes regarding what the person thinks exists.  A person has epistemological attitudes regarding how the person knows.  A person has ethics attitudes regarding what the person thinks is good and bad.  ---  5/15/2005

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Attitudinal strength (degree of belief) is not same as (2) how positive or negative you view subject, which is not same as (3) how healthy or unhealthy the attitude is.  Example, Voltaire's Candide had a strong, positive, unhealthy attitude.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Attitudnal advantage.  Definition: the gains a better attitude will make over a worse one, in a person or between people, all other things being equal.  More realistic, accurate, practical, effective, healthy, productive.  (2) Attitudinal disadvantage: the losses.  Less of above.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Good attitudes are attitudes that are healthy, true, ethical and just.  (2) Bad attitudes are attitudes that are unhealthy, untrue, unethical and unjust.  ---  11/8/2004

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) How well an attitude you develop.  (2) How quickly you develop it.  (A) Soon enough: partial success, total success.  (B) Too late: partial failure, total failure.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Simple attitude: your attitude is the product of a few, easy thoughts, and a few, clear, strong emotions.  (2) Complex attitude: your attitude is the product of many thoughts, and many emotions.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Taking the first attitude that comes to you.  Versus.  (2) Thinking of all the possible attitudes that one could take.  Considering the pros and cons of each attitude.  Then picking the best attitude.  This is the better way.  ---  7/26/2006

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) There is a best attitude for each person in each situation.  (2) The best attitude changes as the situation changes.  (3) Figure out what is this best attitude.  (4) Figure out how to change your existing attitude to the best attitude.  ---  6/11/2002

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Thought component of attitude.  Conclusions.  Reasons for holding a conclusion.  How much information and thought went into your attitude formation?  How much debate?  (2) Cause of your attitudes.  Structure of your attitudes.  Attitudes often exist in a web.  Clusters of attitudes form around a topic.  Attitudes interact.  ---  11/25/2005

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) What is the best attitude for you in your situation?  (2) Changing attitudes requires changing thoughts.  The emotions will follow when you change the thoughts.  However, it is very difficult to think of alternative thoughts if you are stuck in an attitude.  It requires an act of creativity.  (3) Most of us are stuck in our attitudes most of the time.  (4) Attitudinal relativity is summarized by the phrase "It all depends how you look at it".  ---  4/3/2001

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Why.  Why study them?  Why do we have them?  (2) How.  How study them?  How do they form?  How do they function?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Will you control yourself in the direction you want to go, or someone else wants you to go, or (2) Will you not control yourself in any direction, letting yourself be totally free, every second.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  (1) Your best attitudes.  (2) Your average attitude.  Your most often attitude.  (3) Your worst attitudes.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  All attitudes on any subject can be summed up in a sentence each.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Analyze x's attitudes toward y: sources, and effects.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Any specific attitude: its good and bad points.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Attitude is really memory and emotion.  Your attitude about x is the sum of your memories about x and the emotions those memories raise.  What is thinking?  Thinking is a process that produces new attitudes, and it occurs rarely.  ---  6/27/2001

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Attitude mistakes.  (1) Wrong fact (erroneous).  Unimportant idea.  Wrong metaphysics, epistemology, ethics.  (2) Wrong emotion.  Wrong degree of emotion.  ---  6/3/2001

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Attitude synonyms:  World view.  Outlook.  Viewpoint.  ---  5/15/2004

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Attitude type, duration, frequency, intensity.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Attitude.  (1) In general: personality.  (2) For specific type thing: real definition of attitude.  (3) For a specific thing: perception?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Attitudes about the future: (1) Positive, optimism, utopianism.  (2) Negative, pessimism, dystopianism.  ---  5/16/2004

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Attitudes influences behavior.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Bad attitude.  What is a bad attitude?  A bad attitude is an attitude that is neither truthful nor good.  What is the result of holding bad attitudes?  The result of holding bad attitudes is psychopathology, craziness, stupidity, ignorance, and unethical actions.  ---  5/15/2005

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Bad attitudes, attitude problems.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Bad attitudes.  A suboptimal, wrong, bad, mistaken, unjust attitude says, "Play it safe.  Take it easy.  Don't think or write."  ---  12/20/2006

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Bad attitudes.  The worst side of the situation is those who say, "Don't think.  Don't talk.  Just do your work and shut up.  Get your money.  Narrow your scope."  ---  12/16/2006

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Components of an attitude: each specific thought, and each specific emotion.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Criticism of attitudes: Analysis and judgment of attitudes.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Criticism of attitudes.  Analysis of attitudes (your own, or others).  Describe type of attitude it is.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Criticism of attitudes.  Analysis of attitudes.  (1) Thought component.  Conscious or unconscious.  Mode of thought used.  (2) Emotional component.  Conscious or unconscious.  Types, intensity, duration, frequency.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Criticism of attitudes.  Judgment of attitudes.  (1) Objective standards vs. subjective standards (what the holder believes, or what someone else believes).  (2) Healthy vs. unhealthy.  (3) Optimal vs. sub-optimal.  (4) Good vs. bad.  (5) Ethical vs. unethical.  (6) Reasons given.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Criticism of attitudes.  Judgment of attitudes.  Best and worst attitudes (depends on ethical system?).  (1) Best and worst attitude for people in general, specific personality types, specific life situations.  (2) Best and worst attitude for you.  In general, in specific situation, and why.  Subjective: you think, vs. objective: actual.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Determining what are the attitudes that you have.  Evaluating yours.  Improving yours.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Development of attitudes.  A person has an attitude toward some thing x.  The thing can be another person, an object, an event, or an idea.  How did the attitude form?  What explains the development of the ideas and emotions that lead to the attitude?  ---  8/29/2005

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Entrenched attitudes.  People who never change their minds.  People who are unable to change their minds.  That is a bad thing.  ---  7/26/2006

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Entrenchment (rigid, dogmatic, static) is opposed to growth.  ---  11/15/2000

Psychology, attitude.  ---  History of an attitude in an individual.  History of an attitude in a society.  ---  5/15/2005

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Hypotheses. (1) Personality traits are expressed through attitudes.  (2) All attitudes have a thought component which can be expressed verbally.  (3) Counterarguments:  (A) What about people who rarely think verbally?  They may think with images instead.  (B) What about people who rarely think?  Do they have no attitudes and thus no personality?  (C) What about pre-verbal and pre-rational thought?  How does that contribute to attitude and personality?  ---  1/22/2002

Psychology, attitude.  ---  It is easy to call an attitude what is actually drive, feeling, or personality trait.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Make a list of the sentences we say to ourselves over and over that ultimately help or hurt us.  True and false.  Important vs. unimportant.  Sentences that we actually say vs. that we should say.  What sentences do we focus on and repeat over and over?  ---  8/25/2002

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Most thoughts have an emotional component.  Attitudes are the result of thought combined with emotion.  Attitudes are how the mind works.  New improved attitudes are how humans develop.  New improved attitudes are attitudes that are more healthy, true and just.  ---  6/19/2006

Psychology, attitude.  ---  My best attitude: Very lucky.  Luckiest guy in the world (ala Lou Gherig).  To have health, a lover, a place to live, a job, etc.  ---  3/20/2001

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Position in mental cycle, relationships to other mental elements.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Self control of attitude.  Can we control or direct our thoughts?  Can we control our emotions?  Can we control our memories?  (Is remembering something basically just thinking about it?).  Can we control our drives?  ---  9/28/1998

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Sometimes we think our attitude about one thing is at issue, but actually our attitude about another thing is at issue.  ---  3/22/2000

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  (1) Nobility and dignity of self is not worth much.  (2) Nobility and dignity of purpose is very important.  (3) Nobility and dignity of purpose is more an attitude then an emotion.  You don't feel it as much as you figure it out.  ---  11/20/1998

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  An attitude:  Been everywhere, done everything.  World weary.  ---  04/30/1993

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  Brave, rebel attitude: fu*k it, fu*k you vs. anxious, fearful, conformist attitudes.  First is better than second.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  Don't be smug, be thankful.  ---  12/30/1995

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  I feel lucky, not smug.  (1) Lucky.  To be aware of what I have, i.e, resources.  To be aware of opportunities, challenges, problems, purpose, meaning.  (2) Smug.  To not be aware of the above.  To feel it will all come automatically.  ---  04/30/1994

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  In school the cool kids are not afraid to fight.  They are not afraid to disobey adults.  They are not afraid to rebel.  They are their own persons.  They dress themselves.  ---  10/05/1997

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  Pioneer spirit.  (1) What year you arrived.  (2) Where the frontier was when you arrived.  (3) (A) How far you extended the frontier (pioneer), or (B) How far you stayed behind the frontier (wussy).  The people out west have more pioneer spirit than those back east.  ---  09/10/1994

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Specific attitudes.  Positive attitudes.  It's a beautiful day.  Future is bright.  People are wonderful.  People are basically good.  What a wonderful world.  Lucky to be alive.  Lucky to have a job.  Sunshine.  I can do it.  Life is basically good.  I want to work my job.  ---  1/30/2002

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Subjects of attitudes.  Any idea or philosophy about life, people, self, work, leisure, opposite sex, like/lust, family, persons, places, events, objects, subject, ideas.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Sum of attitudes = personality?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  The strength of an attitude equals the strength of the emotion plus the strength of the thought.  The strength of the emotion equals the frequency, intensity and duration of the emotion.  The strength of the thought is the degree of epistemological belief or certainty with which you hold that thought, and any supporting arguments you have for that thought.  ---  5/10/1999

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Thought trains effect on attitudes.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Two attitudes.  (1) Imagine the worst and prepare for the worst.  This helps you lower stress and deal with bad events betters.  It also helps you protect yourself.  However, imagining the worst can be stressful in itself, and can needlessly freak out oneself.  (2) Hope for the best.  Expect the best.  This attitude helps you perform your best.  However, it can be overly optimistic.  ---  5/29/2003

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Two excellent attitudes.  (1) One is "I am going to die tomorrow".  This is the attitude that helped Galois write some of the world's greatest mathematics on the night before he was executed.  (2) The second is the attitude of "Reprieve, pardon, miracle cure, second chance".  This is the attitude people have when they say "If I ever get out of this jam I will never waste another minute of my life".  (3) Cultivate these attitudes every day.  The second one in the morning.  The first one in the afternoon.  ---  1/10/2002

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Two unconscious attitudes.  (1) "If I can do this then I can do anything."  This is a healthy attitude.  Mountain climbers often have this attitude.  (2) "If I cannot do this then I cannot do anything."  This is an unhealthy attitude.  ---  5/29/2003

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Types of attitudes.  Truthful attitudes vs. lying to self.  Ethical attitudes vs. unethical attitudes.  Clear, definite, well thought out, strongly held attitudes vs. unclear, vague, unconsidered, lacking conviction attitudes.  ---  6/12/2004

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Unconscious attitudes have an unconscious thought component and an unconscious emotional component.  ---  5/15/2005

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What are the unexamined, subconscious assumptions on which your attitudes are based?  Spill it out.  Spell it out.  ---  7/26/2006

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What attitude works best for you in your situation?  Should you lie to yourself about who you are, and what your situation is?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What is attitude?  (1) Emotions.  Pain/pleasure.  Negative/positive, like/dislike.  (2) Knowledge.  Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics.  Subject, question/problem/issue, view, argument, evidence.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What is attitude?  (1) Thoughts + feelings on x.  (2) Way you look at x: in general, specific types, and specific x.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What is the best attitude?  (2) What is the worst attitude?  Resigned.  Defeatist.  ---  8/20/1999

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What is the effect of a piece of information (an idea) on changing your basic attitudes?  ---  11/15/2000

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What is your most common attitude?  What do you think about most of the time, and what are your feelings on that subject?  ---  11/28/2005

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  (1) Our attitudes are all connected together in a web.  Change one attitude and it changes your other attitudes.  (2) Our attitudes are always changing.  As we change, as our environment changes, and as our experiences change, so our attitudes change.  (3) The result is a constantly changing web of attitudes.  ---  6/12/2004

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  A sub attitude = one idea and one emotion.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  A super-attitude is a cluster of attitudes.  ---  3/24/2000

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  Attitude can be defined as your state of mind regarding any thing or subject.  It includes drive, memories, emotions and thoughts.  ---  3/24/2000

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  Attitude is the fundamental building block of psychology since memory, emotion and thinking are inseparable in our minds.  ---  4/15/2002

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  Definition.  Attitude is more than an emotion or thought, and less than a personality trait.  ---  7/30/1998

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  One view is that there is no such thing as emotion devoid of thought, nor thought separate from emotion.  Thus, all we have is attitudes, which are combinations of thoughts and emotions.  ---  3/24/2000

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  The basic unit of psychology is not memory, emotion or thought, but rather all three combined together as attitude.  ---  8/6/2001

Psychology, attitude.  ---  What.  Your attitude toward x consists of all the thoughts and feelings you have about x.  ---  11/8/2004

Psychology, attitude.  ---  When people say "This guy has an attitude", they often mean "an unjustified negative attitude".  The situation is much like the word "values", which people often use to mean "admirable values", as in the phrase "You need to develop some values".  The point is that everyone has an attitude and everyone has values, for better or worse.  ---  3/24/2000

Psychology, attitude.  ---  Your attitude toward x (in general or specific).  Thoughts (metaphyics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics) and emotions it triggers.  Will be positive or negative by degree, and changes along those lines.  ---  12/30/1992

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