Fundamental Attribution Error

The Point Outlook email newsletter is kind of cheesy most of the time, but last week’s has an interesting point to it:

Lynne’s error is perfectly human. It’s so common that it even has a name?the Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE). As humans, we have a tendency to explain the behavior of others on the basis of disposition or character, rather than context or the actions of third parties. Probably this happens because we understand the internal motives of others more easily than we understand the complex situations they face. That’s reasonable, because we usually have only vague information about how situations look to others.