The concepts of chance encounters and fortuitous events are fascinating ones. Regardless of how carefully people plan their life, a chance encounter or fortuitous event may substantially alter their life’s course. Discuss some ways in which chance changed your life. For example, Married students may be able to describe unplanned and unexpected events that led to their meeting a future spouse or to an unpredictable event that changed a nonromantic relationship into a romantic one. Similarly, other students may be able to reveal ways in which chance influenced a choice of curriculum or career.
After you describe these chance encounters and fortuitous events, ponder about how your lives would be different if the encounter or event had not happened. For example, would a married person have met someone similar to his or her present spouse and have lived a life not unlike the present one? Bandura believes that chance encounters and fortuitous events enter the reciprocal determinism paradigm at the point of the environment (E). After that, the unplanned event may become overwhelmed by the person (P) and the behavior (B), or it may markedly change both P and B, thus, completely changing a person’s life.
Reflect upon, and judge, the lasting significance of their chance encounter or fortuitous event