The Extraordinary Power of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Lee Jussim

in Social Perception and Social Reality

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195366600
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933044 | DOI:
The Extraordinary Power of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

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This chapter captures the enthusiasm many social psychologists had (and sometimes still have) for self-fulfilling prophecies. It reviews many of the early classic studies, demonstrating self-fulfilling race, gender, and attractiveness stereotypes. It also reviews studies of self-fulfilling prophecies that did not involve stereotypes: studies of self-fulfilling beliefs about competitiveness, hostility, and military trainees’ skills. When the first blush of social psychological research on expectancies is viewed in this light, it is no wonder that self-fulfilling prophecies seemed to be a ubiquitous social phenomenon, which supposedly provided deep insights into how people socially constructed their own social realities.

Keywords: self-fulfilling prophecies; interpersonal expectancies; stereotypes

Chapter.  7646 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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