The Less Than 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 Less Than Extraordinary Power of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

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This chapter is the first of four that critically evaluates the conclusion that the biases and self-fulfilling prophecies created by interpersonal expectations constitute major ways in which people create and construct social reality. This chapter specifically argues that there is abundant evidence from the real world that strongly suggests such effects, though real and occasionally powerful, are, in fact, most of the time weak, fragile, and fleeting. Furthermore, it shows that even the early and classic work demonstrating self-fulfilling prophecies provided no evidence that such effects were either powerful or pervasive.

Keywords: self-fulfilling prophecies; interpersonal expectancies; stereotypes

Chapter.  8725 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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