Fundamental Attribution Error

Our latest financial psychology term describes how we can sometimes fall prey to errors in decision-making about others. The American Psychological Association defines fundamental attribution error this way: the tendency to overestimate the degree to which an individual’s behavior is determined by his or her abiding personal characteristics, attitudes, or beliefs and, correspondingly, to minimize the influence of the surrounding situation on that behavior (e.g., financial or social pressures). Your neighbor who is still unemployed …
Article Title: Aging and Altruism: A Meta-Analysis Publication: Psychology and Aging Authors: Erika P. Sparrow, Liyana T. Swirsky, Farrah Kudus, and Julia Spaniol Older = More Altruistic? Previous research and theories related to altruism and aging have suggested that most of us become more selfless and “nicer” as we age. Altruism is generally defined as a tendency towards decisions that promote the welfare of others at some cost to ourselves. Most scientific research has shown that …
Independent of our unique individual personality traits, values, and attitudes, we know that financial decisions and behaviors have the most significant impact on achieving money goals. Carrie Rattle, CEO & Founder of Behavioral Cents, is a financial therapist and coach who works to engage clients in exploring their money beliefs with the ultimate goal of helping to optimize their financial behaviors. In the brief conversation below, we explore how Carrie uses behavioral assessments in …
Article Title: Predicting Stock Market Performance: The Influence of Gender and Personality on Financial Decision Making Publication: Journal of Individual Differences (2021) Authors: Thomas Plieger, Thomas Grunhage, Eilish Duke, Martin Reuter Reviewer: Sean Bogart Examining Risk-Taking: Beyond Self-Report Studies A large amount of research assessing investor risk-taking has shown the presence of several factors that increase the likelihood of taking investment risks. Variables such as stress, particularly depression and negative affect, have been linked …
Part of the benefit of using behavioral assessments in financial planning is the ability to help clients understand why they make particular spending, saving, and investing decisions. Uncovering the “why” behind financial choices can open up a world of conversations and growth, growth that can lead to positive change. Maggie Klokkenga, CPA, CFP®, founder of Make A Money Mindshift, shared how she uses the power of assessments to help clients achieve what matters most through financial coaching packages …

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