Discussion of the Concept of a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

1) Define the term “self-fulfilling prophecy” IN YOUR OWN WORDS

“Self-fulfilling prophecy” is the fancy prediction which is not grounded on facts or reason but on sheer intuition of an individual that ultimately comes true. Such prediction is purely subjective because it relies on one’s expectations and intuition rather than one’s reason or objective analysis of facts or actual data.

2) Then, think of a time in your life where you either engaged in this or had someone else apply it toward you. a. Describe what happened, b. why you think it happened, c. and how you feel that it affected you.

I used to play tennis and was quite good at it, but I was definitely not the best player. Once, I took part in the school competition and just at the beginning of the competition I confronted the player, who was recognized as one of the most promising players in our school. Nevertheless, I felt quite confident and believed that I will defeat my opponent easily. I have never played against that opponent and I knew he was a very strong player and everyone talked about him. I do not know why but I was always skeptical about him and I have never taken him seriously as an opponent, although I knew he had much better achievements than me so far. In addition, almost everyone was certain in my defeat but me. Nevertheless, I won the game and my prediction came true. I believe I have managed to win because I was fully confident in my success that inspired me and gave me extra power during the game.

3) What was a way that either you (if you were the actor) or the person approaching you (if they were the actor) might have changed cognitions/behaviors to prevent it from occurring?

I could just lose interest in tennis that would discourage me from playing and, actually, I ultimately lost interest in playing tennis overall. The loss of interest would discourage me from playing and I would rather give up playing than continue practicing this sport. Hence, I would change my behavior. Also, I believe that, if I saw my opponent playing and listened to others, who talked about him in a superlative manner, I would rather change my behavior and attitude to the game.

Works Cited:

Wilkins, William E. The Concept of a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, Sociology of Education, 49 (2), 1976, 175–183

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