By Choice or By Influence

Having been taught by social psychology that people are situational beings and that one’s attitude is formed as an afterthought of his observed behavior, I sometimes wonder why people do the things they do and in the process, come into conflict with my ideology that all our actions are done by choice. Still, it’s easy to say that some people simply make bad choices for themselves due to lack of proper judgment when those people do not include anyone I care about, myself included. And when it does, just knowing about the possibility of being influenced by ill situations leaves a bit of doubt in my own conviction and judgment.

Then again, social psychology resolves that conflict when I realize that outside influences that strongly contradict one’s personal beliefs often reinforces the beliefs rather than change them.

By Choice or By Influence

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