self-fulfilling prophecy



Any positive or negative expectation about circumstances, events, or people that may affect a person's behavior toward them in a manner that causes those expectations to be fulfilled.

An employer who, for example, expects the employees to be disloyal and shirkers, will likely treat them in a way that will elicit the very response he or she expects.

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  • By putting the idea that he will become President of the United States in his head, it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for Barack Obama.

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  • Most people in the business world are always looking at a self-fulfilling prophecy to decide if they should take the risk or not.

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  • Many people that get high up in the business world have a self-fulfilling prophecy that can never be fully accomplished.

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