4th Annual International Conference on Psychology , 2010-05-27

Title : ( Human s or God s Will: A Cosmological Critique of the Theory of Attribution )

Authors: Abulfazl Ghaffari , reza mohammadi chaboki ,

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Fritz Heider argued that academic motivation is under influence of what we attribute our success and failure to that. Julian Rotter divided the attributed causes to internal and external. Attribution theory suggests educators convert external attributions to internal ones, because external attributions, in some cases, are maladjusted and insufficient. External attributions are uncontrollable and unstable. In other words, attribution to external factors does not have any positive motivational effect. Therefore, attribution to God intervention (in terms of helping or not helping one s academic achievement) is kind of external attribution. Based on the attribution theory, my will and God s will are considered as two distinctive sources of causality. It is I, who decides, plans and act or it is God who does all that. This article proposes that I and God can share sources of causality. We act and then God help us in attaining our target. In addition, we are not totally free. That s true that blaming external factors for failures can enhance some people s mental health, it is also true that a dominant external attribution styles can prevent many from taking an active life in coping with their lives problems and causes them under-motivation. Conversely, there are many successful people who see God and His will at the core of their success. This article does not intend to (as pragmatist approach) explain that how acceptance of God help has positive psychological effects (e.g., increasing hope in positive future), but it proposes questions such as (a) is attribution of success to God help (as external attribution) maladjusted; (b) if all external attribution are maladjusted, how do we evaluate the contradicting evidence? In response to these questions, we will argue that human s will and God s wil are consistent, when pursuing goals with good deed. We can accept the role of human s will (as an internal factor) and the God s will (as an external factor) simultaneously; while the person still is well-motivated and potentially successful. This kind of attribution is provoking and assuring. Finally, we argue that human beings are neither acting totally freely nor deterministically.


, Attribution, locus of control, God, will, academic
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author = {Ghaffari, Abulfazl and Mohammadi Chaboki, Reza},
title = {Human s or God s Will: A Cosmological Critique of the Theory of Attribution},
booktitle = {4th Annual International Conference on Psychology},
year = {2010},
location = {Athens},
keywords = {Attribution; locus of control; God; will; academic achievement},


%0 Conference Proceedings
%T Human s or God s Will: A Cosmological Critique of the Theory of Attribution
%A Ghaffari, Abulfazl
%A Mohammadi Chaboki, Reza
%J 4th Annual International Conference on Psychology
%D 2010