Attribution Theory

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Attribution Theory

The concept stating that people make decisions based on the factors they believe caused their present situations and seek to emulate or avoid those real or perceived causes. For example, if one believes investing in cotton caused one's bankruptcy, one may be unlikely to invest in cotton again, whether or not the supposition is true.
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More probable, however, was the theory that Jonas had deserted them, and gone on the road, seeking happiness.
Clare, suddenly rousing himself up, "there's a theory, now
I almost regretted that my theory about the well's trouble was correct, because I had another one that had a showy point or two about it for a miracle.
This is an argument of some value in support of the theory that they were the original colonists of the wild islands of the coast of Scotland.
He had made up his mind to try a few hardy guesses, in mapping out his theory of the origin and motive of the murder-- guesses designed to fill up gaps in it--guesses which could help if they hit, and would probably do no harm if they didn't.
Every boy and girl had a theory about the nature of that book; but no two theories were alike, and there was no way of getting at the facts in the case.
What good can it do you to throw cold water on that corpse and get up that selfish theory that there ain't been any murder?
All this was taken very much for granted, as a rule, but now and then some supersensitive person made violent objections to it, as a theory of life.
This idea, consolatory in theory, I felt would be terrible if realised: with all my might I endeavoured to stifle it- -I endeavoured to be firm.
Lorry went on, with a laughing twinkle in his bright eye, as it looked kindly at her, "that Doctor Manette has any theory of his own, preserved through all those years, relative to the cause of his being so oppressed; perhaps, even to the name of his oppressor?
All this I saw in the first glance after I crossed the threshold - child-like, according to my theory - and then Peggotty opened a little door and showed me my bedroom.
with the feeble malice of a tired man; but, as he had no theory, and no coat on, he was unanimously set at nought - not to mention his smoking hard behind, as he stood with his back to the kitchen fire to draw the damp out: which was not calculated to inspire confidence.