Psychological analysis of the criticism of James Kim

Some are criticizing James Kim’s decision to leave his family when they were stranded in Oregon. Mark Dombeck suggests the critics are affected by the Fundamental Attribution Error:

In other words, we blame Kim for making a bad decision by putting down his decision making abilities (and inflating our own), while simultaneously discounting the reality of the situation that Kim was in (which was overwhelmingly powerful and lethal). If we were judging our own decision making in the same situation, we would tend to be far more forgiving to ourselves, because we would fully count the situational variables that were so stacked against us.


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