Google “actor / observer divergence”
We do this not only with ourselves, but with others.
When witnessing the actions of others, we attribute whatever they do (good or bad) to their character.
With regard to our own actions, we are far more likely to attribute our motives to the circumstances rather than character.
Even when we do good things, as when someone does something heroic: “I just did what anyone would have done in that situation.”
Or, of course, bad things: “I’m not an aggressive, loud-mouthed jerk…that waitress totally fucked up our order!”
.-= cousinavi´s last blog ..Retarded Satirical Hypocrisy =-.