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What Is Hostile Attribution Bias In Behavioral Economics?

Hostile attribution bias is the tendency for people to interpret other people’s actions as being intentionally harmful or aggressive, even when there is no evidence to support this interpretation. This bias can lead people to perceive others as hostile or threatening, even when they are not. For example, if someone accidentally bumps into us on the street, we might interpret their actions as being intentionally aggressive, and may respond with anger or hostility.

Hostile attribution bias can lead to a number of negative consequences, including conflicts and misunderstandings with others. It can also make it difficult for people to form and maintain relationships, as they may be more likely to perceive others as being hostile or untrustworthy. To avoid hostile attribution bias, it is important to consider the context and situational factors when interpreting the actions of others, and to try to be open-minded and empathetic.

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