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so in the last video we talked about how our attitudes influence and shape our behaviors but is it possible for us to go the other way around is it possible for our behaviors to actually affect in shape or attitudes well it actually is so strong social pressures can actually weakened the attitude to behavior connection and cause our attitudes to follow our behavior now this seems a little seems a little strange because usually we're taught how to think and have some sort of perception about something before acting before behaving well psychologists actually take a look at two phenomenons or have two explanations for the behavior two attitude process now the first of these that I'm going to talk about is called the foot in the door phenomenon and I'm going to draw a picture out for you to see this a little bit clearly and so you can remember it so the foot in the door phenomenon let's draw our door right here there we go and here's ourselves about to walk in the door so the foot in the door phenomenon says that we have a tendency to agree to and we have a tendency to agree to small actions first so very small things and we eventually over time later comply with much larger actions so just take some time it's simple think about it to get people to agree to something big start small and build from there so on a darker note actually this is the basic concept behind how people are brainwashed and exploited they do or agree to do small things for an authority they greatly dislike but over time when they consistently do these things just like everyone around them also does they think it's okay they start to get privileges from that Authority and eventually over time they start believing that what the authority is say is in fact good and true so have you ever seen the movie Blood Diamond that's the basis behind that movie that's how those child soldiers and were brainwashed into killing into killing people they were fed these they were fed these behaviors at a young age and everyone around them also engaged in that type of behavior so as they grew up and into adults they thought that having having weapons and killing people was okay fed into their attitude and they themselves would do that to people and spread that attitude and encourage that behavior to those around them so eventually this door that started off slightly open is pushed completely open all the way over time now the second explanation that psychologists look at to explain this odd relationship is role playing so all of us play many roles in life I know that I'm sure everyone all of you are more than just brothers or sisters or daughters or sons I know I'm a daughter I'm a sister I'm a friend I'm a student there's a lot of different roles that I play in life so picture yourself in a new role we all wear so many different hats so here Here I am with my hat I'm not just wearing one I'm wearing many different hats many different roles many different ways in which I connect with people and have obligations and duties so picture yourself in this new role whatever it may be maybe you have a new job maybe you just got married maybe you're even a parent for the first time well when you're in that role doesn't the first few days and that role feel very weird very phony as if it's not you you don't you feel like you're acting you're not you're not who you are well that's exactly what we're doing we're trying to follow some sort of social quota when we're in that we're trying to be the best and the perfect at that new role we're trying to sound professional or play house like little kids like to do when they're playing with their dolls we like to act like the best and perfect parents ever well that's not possible it's not possible to ever be perfect right off the bat but if you give this new role a little longer time what feels like acting starts to become and feel like you it feels normal it feels like it's part of who you are it actually starts to feel like it fits your attitude so we can say we've changed our attitude towards that role and being in that role as a result of our behavior and carrying out the day-to-day duties associated with being a parent or being part of a new company or being a student so what felt like very phony and strange what felt like very odd behavior eventually shaped and became are who we are a part of us are an attitude we had towards that behavior now there's a disclaimer this doesn't always happen to all people but these are two important explanations that psychologists have observed and seen and how behavior affects our attitude