self-fulfilling prophecy

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self-fulfilling prophecy

a principle that states that a belief in or the expectation of a particular resolution is a factor that contributes to its fulfillment.

self-fulfilling prophecy

Psychiatry A distorted prediction or statement about a person in a certain setting, which forms a substrate that ultimately leads the person to behave in the predicted manner
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The first section reviews the literature on educational expectancies and self-fulfilling prophecies conducted from both teacher and student perspectives within laboratory and classroom settings.
As scholars such as University of Toronto psychologist Jonathan Freedman and University of Southern California sociologist Karen Sternheimer have shown, the experimental studies the alarmists like to cite may hinge on self-fulfilling prophecies, with researchers prodding subjects into giving the "right" answer.
May God's grace summon our self-help president to rely upon a collective, connectional discernment that presses beyond easy answers, half-truths, and self-fulfilling prophecies.
into it halfheartedly and, like all self-fulfilling prophecies, got exactly what they expected.
through personal anecdotes, relates the stories of those who struggle against the odds to overcome attitudes that make for self-fulfilling prophecies of destruction and despair.
Thoughts of becoming a movie star, doctor, or firefighter inspire people and can become self-fulfilling prophecies.