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A number of pilots subconsciously believe that accidents can only happen to others and never to themselves. What is this type of attitude called?
  • A
    Complacency
  • B
    Resignation
  • C
    Invulnerability
  • D
    Impulsiveness
HAZARDOUS ATTITUDES
Studies have identified five hazardous attitudes among pilots that can interfere with a pilot’s ability to make effective decisions.

  • ANTI-AUTHORITY (“don’t tell me”) – You display this attitude if you resent having someone tell you what to do, or you regard rules and procedures as unnecessary.
    Antidote – Follow the rules. They are usually right.
  • IMPULSIVITY (“do it quickly”) – If you feel the need to act immediately and do the first thing that comes to mind without considering the best solution to a problem, then you are exhibiting impulsivity.
    Antidote – Not so fast. Think first.
  • INVULNERABILITY (“It won’t happen to me”) – You are more likely to take chances and increase risk if you think accidents will not happen to you.
    Antidote – It could happen to me.
  • MACHO (“I can do it”) – If you have this attitude, you might take risks trying to prove that you are better than anyone else. Women are just as likely to have this characteristic as men.
    Antidote – Taking chances is foolish.
  • RESIGNATION (“What’s the use?”) – You are experiencing resignation if you feel that no matter what you do, it will have little effect on what happens to you. You may feel that when things go well, it is just good luck and when things go poorly, it is bad luck or someone else is responsible. This feeling can cause you to leave the action to others – for better or worse.
Antidote – I am not helpless. I can make a difference.

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