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You Better Change Your Expectations Because I Will Not Change (Much) to Fit Your Expectations

Lee Jussim

in Social Perception and Social Reality

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195366600
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933044 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366600.003.0028
You Better Change Your Expectations Because I Will Not Change (Much) to Fit Your Expectations

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Self-verification constitutes one reason self-fulfilling prophecies are generally not very powerful. Self-verification refers to the idea that people are often highly motivated to see themselves in a manner consistent with their own long-standing and deep-seated self-views. A strong self-concept, it seems, constitutes the psychological rudder that assists people in finding their own way through the potentially stormy seas of others’ expectations. This chapter reviews the research that has often pitted self-verification against self-fulfilling prophecy—research that often shows that strong motivations to self-verify seem to greatly reduce self-fulfilling prophecies and self-verification is often at least as strong or stronger than self-fulfilling prophecy. Self-verification clearly constitutes one social psychological process that serves to limit the power of self-fulfilling prophecies and expectancy-confirming biases.

Keywords: self-verification; self-fulfilling prophecies; interpersonal expectancies

Chapter.  5548 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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