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Person Perception is All About Making Judgment About Others

Personal perception is always something which make us judge people by their behaviour, actions and by their outlook, which may or may not be what actual thing is. We should be in position know realize that what we are judging may or may not be right. This article brief about the personal perceptions.

Perception: Attempt to develop explanations of why things are in a certain way.

    Whenever any individual joins some organization; one observes people and their behavior.  Then he/she attempts to develop explanation about, why people behave in certain manner.  This is the perception of that individual about the environment around him/her. Thus Perception is the process by which individuals organize and interpret their sensory impressions in order to give meaning to their environment.

    Perception of an individual is caused because of External and Internal factors.
Whenever behavior of an individual is under his/her control it is known as internally caused behavior. E.g. coming late in office because of oversleep, is an internally influenced behavior. Such behavior is known as Internally caused behavior.

Also when individual behave because of outside causes is known as externally caused behavior. E.g. coming late in office because of traffic jam or some other such reason is an externally influenced behavior.  Such behavior is known as Externally caused behavior.
Attribution Theory: When individuals observe behavior, they attempt to determine whether it is internally or externally caused
Attribution theory is mainly of three phases.

  • Observation.
  • Interpretation.
  • Attribution of Cause.

Individual behavior comes under observation.
Interpretation is of following three types
Distinctiveness: Refers to whether an individual display different behavior in different situations. If individual always shows the same behavior, it is internally caused behavior, else if the behavior is unusual one then it is caused because of External things. E.g. If one individual always comes late in office then it is an internally caused behavior but if he/she seldom comes late then we can say that this is because of external causes.
Consensus: Whether in similar situation, everyone responses in the same manner. If everyone behaves in similar way then consensus is high, i.e. the behavior is externally caused. E.g. If all employees who use same route to come to office; come late, then this can said to be an externally caused behavior. If consensus is low then the behavior is internally caused.
Consistency: This is refers to the consistency in the behavior of an individual. Does the person responses same way over time, again and again. If yes then it is said to be internally caused behavior, otherwise it is an externally caused behavior.
Whenever any organization uses Attribution Theory, there are biases or errors those distorts attributions.

Fundamental attribution error is the tendency to underestimate the influence of external factors and over estimate then influence of internal factors when making judgments about the behavior of others.
Self-serving bias is the tendency for individual to attribute their own success to internal factor, while putting the blame for failures on external factors.

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