ii Many people engage in superstitious behavior, such as wearing lucky socks, in the belief that the superstitious behavior will lead to improved performance.
Explain how a superstitious belief might be related to a higher level of self-efficacy.
As we learned before, Albert Bandura is best known for his pioneering work on the concept of self-efficacy. According to Bandura, self-efficacy refers to the strength or one`s belief in one`s own ability to complete tasks and reach goals. In other words, it means the feeling of self-confidence or self-doubt that people bring to a specific situation. Self-efficacy varies from situation to situation. For example, a student could have a high degree of self-efficacy in psychology, and a low degree of self-efficacy in economics. It is interesting to note that self-efficacy and achievement motivation are highly correlated with success in life.
In this situation, when Zoey makes decisions to buy a new car, whether he has self-efficacy matters. If he has a strong belief about his judgment ability, he will be very convinced about his decision-making, his self-efficacy will increase. On the contrary, if he does not, his self-efficacy will decrease.
As for superstitious behaviors, when one believes that wearing lucky socks could bring good results. Superstitious beliefs boost one`s belief that they complete a certain task. For example, if people have lucky socks, they may have belief that they will have an increase in the exam score. So their confidence will be increased. However, from the perspective of Bandura, increased confidence in their capability should not be attributed to the lucky socks, but people`s beliefs.