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A Thinking Man’s Guide to Remembering the Basics

A Great Definition

A great definition about attitude is found on the web at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Attitude is a concept in psychology. Attitudes are positive, negative or neutral views of an “attitude object”: i.e. a person, behavior or event. People can also be ‘ambivalent’ towards a target, meaning that they simultaneously possess a positive and a negative attitude.

Attitudes come from judgments. Attitudes develop on the ABC model (affect, behavioral change and cognition). The affective response is a physiological response that expresses an individual’s preference for an entity. The behavioral intention is a verbal indication of the intention of an individual. The cognitive response is a cognitive evaluation of the entity to form an attitude. Most attitudes in individuals are a result of social learning from the environment.

The link between attitude and behavior exists but depends on attitude specificity, attitude relevance, personality, social constraints and timing of measurement. Several things play a role for an attitude to cause a behavior. For example, a person may have a positive attitude towards blood donation but not go to a blood bank to donate blood.[5]

  1. What part of your attitude do you need to change?




  1. What part of your attitude towards others do you need to change?




C – Focus on my personal Commitments

Commitment means to pledge to something or someone.

  • Personal commitment can be dominated by obligations. These obligations may be mutual, or self-imposed, or explicitly stated, or may not be. Distinction is often made between commitment as a member of an organization (such as a sporting team, a religion, or as an employee) and commitments made individually.
  • Involuntary commitment, the practice of using legal means or forms to commit a person to a mental hospital, insane asylum or psychiatric ward against the will or over the protests of that person.
  • Ontological commitment, belief in an ontology in philosophy.[6]

One definition that stood out to me personally was:

The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons.[7]

For me, commitment is something that I often do without thinking. At other times it is the center of everything I think of. I share a commitment to my beliefs, values, and especially to my family and God. How I share these commitments is a focal point of my life and it determines how other people view me and – most importantly – it determines how God will judge me.

I must look at my commitments through the eyes of others. What would other people (friends, co-workers, family, wife) say about:

  • My commitment to God



  • My relationship with God



  • List a couple of things you feel are important to strengthen your relationship with and your commitment to God.





  • List a couple of things that you feel are important in strengthen your relationship/commitment with your family.





About the Author: Rev. Don Allen, Jr., PhD, is President of Grace Church of the Valley School of Ministry. He also so serves as the Chaplain for Summit Behavioral Healthcare (Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addictive Services) and the Regional Director of Logos Global Network (Midwest). Dr. Allen has presented in professional conferences and trained on topics of addiction, grief, and stress, as well as ministering in churches throughout the USA Midwest and Northeast.

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