self-fulfilling prophecy

(redirected from Self-fulfilling prophecies)
Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia.

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
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Self-fulfilling prophecies occur when initially erroneous beliefs lead to their own fulfillment....
But self-fulfilling prophecies can be touched by bias.
Thoughts of becoming a movie star, doctor, or firefighter inspire people and can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Conversely, compelling or nurtured thoughts of a nefarious nature can result in criminal behavior.
Various chapters discuss the history of research on self-fulfilling prophecies or expectations, highlight the urgency for change, illustrate the differences between nurturing and non-nurturing classrooms, and discuss the risks for children if practices are not altered.
The danger in offering such bets, however, is that they can very easily becoming self-fulfilling prophecies.
Playing the race card still works sometimes for ideologues and opportunists--black as well as white, left as well as right--who would turn racial victimization (white against: black or vice versa) into a weapon and suspicions into self-fulfilling prophecies of racial Armageddon.
I would worry less about self-fulfilling prophecies and more about trying to teach children how to be compassionate and nonjudgmental.
Building on such findings, Kirsch theorizes that reactions to particular experiences often represent self-fulfilling prophecies. The conscious anticipation of how one will respond paves the way for an experience to elicit automatically the expected response.
Perhaps the most controversial suggestion is that models with a continuum of equilibria are of serious interest because they admit the possibility of recurrent, persistent fluctuations driven by "self-fulfilling prophecies." David Cass and Karl Shell [Shell, 1977; Cass and Shell, 1983] and Costas Azariadis [1981] were among the first to demonstrate the possibility of self-fulfilling prophecies in general equilibrium models.
The concept of projective identification, which lays the blame, say, for the analyst's loss of patience and patients on the self-fulfilling prophecies brought to session by the analysand, thus fulfills a need to give acting-out's share in the breaking of a contract--the one the analyst cosigns with his countertransference--a one-way determination.
Murray contended that the programs encouraged laziness, dependence on handouts, and endemically low self-esteem among recipients that translated into self-fulfilling prophecies of failure for many poor blacks and members of other minority groups.
Investigations of this sort have yielded an array of judgmental errors that have entered our cultural vocabulary - for instance, self-fulfilling prophecies and stereotypes.