What is Hostile Attribution Bias? (Why you think people are always trying to hurt you)

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Hostile attribution bias is the official term for assuming that someone has a malicious intent. It means when somebody does something that you don’t like or that you disprefer, you assume that they kind of meant to hurt you that they were trying and that their primary motive was to cause you harm. It’s really important you understand how often you are incorrect about this. How rare it is for somebody’s primary motive to be to cause you harm. Now they might be aware that causing you harm is a consequence of their actions, but it’s very rare that that’s what they’re actually trying to do. And when you ask yourself what’s a better reason for what they’re doing, you’ll often see that, hostile intent is very unlikely.

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