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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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She is heartened by a steady improvement in the discipline but admits the constant attention on her lack of distance has become a selffulfilling prophecy.
They believe the danger is that gloomy economic predictions sparked by the US terror incidents are seeping into general acceptance - threatening a selffulfilling prophecy.
My opinion, and that's all it is, is that it has become a selffulfilling prophecy. Players are told they're tired, and they believe it.
If you keep telling counties that they'll never be good enough by playing in a 'B' Championship, then it becomes a selffulfilling prophecy. And teams don't have to be beaten by 27 points.
Britain's Labour cities are suffering so disproportionately under the Tory axe that the "desolate north" insult is in danger of becoming a selffulfilling prophecy.
"If you drive that message hard enough and consistently enough, guess what, it will become a selffulfilling prophecy."
Fabregas needed to be that person last night but although he kept driving forward, for him, the game became a selffulfilling prophecy. Arsenal took a 3-1 lead five minutes before half time but yet again they did not have the maturity or the experience to hang on to it.
Reckless ConDem spending cuts risk turning lower growth forecasts into a selffulfilling prophecy, sucking money out of an economy struggling to recover from a cataclysmic financial meltdown If Britain slips into the horror of a second, double-dip recession, the country will know who to blame: Mr Cameron.
Yet if something keeps on happening, it can worm its way into the minds of players, making them fear a recurrence and so turning that prospect into selffulfilling prophecy. And as some home fans greeted the final whistle and the end of a 12-match winning home run with jeers, the need for Chelsea to get things back on track, and soon, was crystal clear.
An example of positive thinking as selffulfilling prophecy?
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels produced a racing surface that was near prefect and any bias over the straight mile was something of a selffulfilling prophecy, since whenever one fancied horse with early speed went towards the stands' side, other riders naturally followed.