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 self-fulfilling prophecy may begin within the individual or, as in Rosenthal and Jacobson's (1992) experiment, from the outside world.
First of all, the first impression a job candidate makes in an interview becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
She says labeling a 12-year-old "gay" may be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Innovate, or you'll fall prey to the self-fulfilling prophecy.
Economic disruptions then become a self-fulfilling prophecy as local depositors flee domestic banks and spur financial market turmoil.
This failure to replicate the self-fulfilling prophecy effects of Rosenthal's 1968 "Pygmalion in the Classroom" study once again raises doubts about generalizability of the historic study.
Problems such as poor self-image and low self-esteem can develop into tendencies to discount abilities, squelch risk taking, and spawn a self-fulfilling prophecy that reinforces underachievement.
Anticipating requirements becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
A bad review in Art forum, house organ of the mainstream New York art world, can only be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Expectancy theory, also referred to as the self-fulfilling prophecy effect, originated as an intriguing axiom about teachers' influences on students' performances.
Although it is not inconceivable that some revenue agents might seize upon the "new business" language in the ruling to disallow a current deduction for training expenses (especially following the Journal's assigning such prominence to the argument(5)), most taxpayers should seek to avoid that self-fulfilling prophecy.
To suggest to the big boss that you don't believe it's a dead certainty that you'll get the job will make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.