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Now I had a tremendous respect for him .... ' A belief in integrity has derived from a belief in the authority of that man. On the basis of the authority of a group, an engineer might comment, 'My professional association has published a code of behaviour for engineers. ' He believes in the acceptance of the code, because he accepts the authority of the group. Finally, from a belief in the authority of an institution, you may say, 'These accounts, as stated, have been audited by Messrs Addcheck & Ask, the firm of Accountants.

100 per cent Consensus Beliefs where the central beliefs are reinforced by a unanimous agreement in a 'taken-for-granted' understanding they are referred to as 100 per cent consensus. 'I believe this to be a book' is an example of a 100 per cent consensus belief about the physical world. Nil Consensus Beliefs not all central beliefs are shared on a universal, social consensus basis. Some are held with complete conviction, as incontrovertible certainties, only by the person who is aware of them; in short, they are not shared by others.

Behaviour cannot be divorced from the situation in which it takes place. Despite the fact that Malcolm and Kathleen are clearly recognisable persons, had they met for the first time at the tennis club their manner towards each other would have been different, with entirely different sets of beliefs or attitudes coming into play. The situation, in which Malcolm and Kathleen are meeting for the first time, implies that Malcolm has expectations of Kathleen as his new secretary. He expects her to be fairly knowledgeable in the procedures of his new department and to act as a loyal, supportive subordinate.

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