Hazardous Attitudes and Antidotes


There are five different human attitudes which can affect the crew member’s ability to make effective decision. Recognizing these hazardous attitudes and learning the antidotes is important to prevent poor judgment and uneventful circumstances.

Hazardous attitude can lead to loss of lives. You can neutralize such attitudes by applying positive alternatives in order to avoid fatal decisions. Below is a summary listing each hazardous attitude and its antidote:



Hazardous Attitude Antidote

Don’t tell me!

This attitude is found in people who do not like anyone telling them what to do. They are resentful towards comments or advice from others and regard operating procedures and regulations as silly or unnecessary.


Follow the rules, they are usually right.

Do not let your independence bend the rules to get your way, as it will backfire.

“Anti-authority” attitude overwhelms good judgment.


Do something quickly!

This is the attitude of people who frequently feels the need to do something or anything quickly. Acting on impulse can be dangerous.


Not so fast; think first.

In most situations, including emergencies, it’s better to take time to sort things out before committing to a course of action.


It won’t happen to me!

This is the attitude of invincibility. Many people feel that accidents happen to others, but never to them. This is an attitude of complacency and perhaps even self-delusion.


It could happen to me.

This feeling of invulnerability should always be tempered by an equally strong sense of caution. Otherwise, it will lead to a serious safety liability.


I can do it!

This attitude is often displayed as “I can do it- I’ll show them”. Trying to prove that you are better than anyone else and taking more risks and unnecessary chances.


Taking chances is foolish.

Although a certain amount of confidence is required for flying, it’s important to keep a realistic view by collecting data and listen to inputs from others.


What’s the use?

These people think that they do not make a great deal of difference in what happens to them. They always have negative emotional state even when things are right, e.g.: “What’s the point nobody listens to me anyway”.


I’m not helpless; I can make a difference.

When this attitude develops, we must realize that we are not helpless and force ourselves to continue thinking for the safety outcome of the flight.


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