St Mary's University Fundamental Attribution Error Is a Cognitive Bias Questions

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Brief written assignment

Part 1. (a) define the fundamental attribution error; and (b) describe an instance or experience in which: you feel you were misjudged for this reason OR you feel you misjudged someone else.

Part 2. The textbook defines self-serving attributions as the “tendency to take credit for our success (by making internal attributions) but to blame others or the situation (by making external attributions) for our failures” (Aronson et al., 2017, p. 99).

Can you identify the self-serving attributions in the following recent quote from Donald Trump?

“We’re rounding the corner,” he told “Fox & Friends” of the coronavirus during an interview Monday morning. “With or without a vaccine. They hate when I say that but that’s the way it is. … We’ve done a phenomenal job. Not just a good job, a phenomenal job. Other than public relations, but that’s because I have fake news. On public relations, I give myself a D. On the job itself, we take an A+.”
“A phenomenal job.”
“A+.”

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/21/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-grade/index.html

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