It’s the season of giving. Not socks, not sweaters, not scented candles. It’s the season of giving the benefit of the doubt.
From time to time, all of us can be judgmental. And for as wonderful as Christmastime is, the stress of the holiday season can take its toll on our better judgement, our patience, and our charity toward others. We’re all susceptible to the fundamental attribution error.
In short, the fundamental attribution error is the tendency to believe that when others do something wrong it’s because they are bad people, but when we do something wrong it’s because we were in a bad situation.
I’m oversimplifying, but I expect the point is clear: We’re often far less lenient with others than we are with ourselves.
It’s the season of giving. At home, at work, at the gym, while shopping, in traffic, or anywhere else. When someone makes a mistake — even if it might be at your expense — take a deep breath and remember this person might not be fatally flawed. Try giving the benefit of the doubt.