What are the definitions for attitudes, beliefs and values?

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Attitude is the perspective held towards people, situations or objects; a belief is the conviction that a truth exists; and values measure perception of an idea or concept. Wendy Wicks, Chief Executive at The Coaching Institute in Melbourne, Australia, states that attitudes, beliefs and values are a system of thinking that influences behavior.

Attitudes are often filtered through narrow channels that are focused on a certain perspective and limit the ability to see the entire landscape. Attitudes are formed from personal experience or observation. Behaviors considered acceptable in society influence attitudes, as well as behavioral expectations of behavior within in a defined context, such as wedding etiquette.

Beliefs accept that a concept is true, such as appreciating the value of hard work. Beliefs shape life's outlook to the extent that they are positive or negative. Positive beliefs uplift attitudes, support growth and empower people to change.

Values are priorities that define a person's life's path, such as education and ethical behavior. According to Nicholas W. Weiler, co-author of "Your Soul at Work," values vary in importance from person to person. For example, for some working overtime to get ahead in a job is more important than spending time with family. As situational changes occur, associated values should be periodically reviewed to determine how well they are working.

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