Functional Attitudes Theory
Functional Attitudes theory suggests that beliefs and attitudes are influential to various psychological functions. Attitudes can be influential on many processes such as being utilitarian (useful), social, relating to values, or a reduction of cognitive dissonance. They can be beneficial and help us interact with the world. This theory proposes that attitudes are held by individuals as a result of them being important and integral to psychological functioning. The function of an attitude is more important than whether or not the attitude is accurate or correct.