What's up with that woman who's always late to English 101? She clearly has bad time management skills, or maybe she just doesn't care about doing well in school. Either way, she definitely has no respect for the professor—probably for authority in general. Does this judgy internal monologue sound familiar? If you're attributing someone's bad behavior to who they are as a person and not stopping to consider their circumstances (in the universe we just made up, that woman is a single mother with two jobs and a full class schedule. We hope you're happy), you're committing what's known as the fundamental attribution error.