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with regard to attribution theory, the propensity for people operating within a scenario to credit the reasons for their disruptive behavior to outside factors of those pertaining directly to specific situations, for example, societal pressure, however for onlookers to credit the identical disruptive behavior to innate factors.

ACTOR-OBSERVER EFFECT: "Actor-observer effects can cause quite a dispute among those willing to go up against it- many argue it is entirely based upon perception, and not fact."

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