Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior. Although examples of such prophecies can be found in literature as far back as ancient Greece and ancient India, it is 20th-century sociologist Robert K. Merton who is credited with coining the expression "self-fulfilling prophecy" and formalizing its structure and consequences. In his book Social Theory and Social Structure, Merton defines self-fulfilling prophecy in the following terms: e.g.
Posts about Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
  • Wired publisher Kim Kelleher: ‘Stay grounded’

    …, if you couldn’t publish the magazine you’re publishing now, where you would be?” And I told him I’d be at Wired. I do think that it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m excited to be here. It’s the only brand I would have come back to Condé for. It’s where I want to be. How did you get started? I’m from a town of three hundred people in Wisconsin. I…

    Ricardo Bilton/ Digiday- 6 readers -
  • Transforming Your Sales through a Multi-Threaded Approach

    … by: What you are selling To whom you are selling In what industry sector To address what business requirement(s) Against what competitor(s) What’s a sales leader to do? There is no silver-bullet. A multi-threaded approach is your best bet. You HAVE to educate, you HAVE to coach, you HAVE to implement new processes and deliver new…

    Marketing Technology Blog- 5 readers -
  • Brewing Our Own Disenchantment In Agency-Land

    … There’s been passion brewing lately about the perpetual unhappiness of agency folk. A very popular Digiday post last month took a pass at profiling the nature of this unhappiness — and rightly pinpointed a number of issues: pay; long hours; lack of express appreciation from the inside and from clients and, of course, performance anxiety…

    Kendall Allen/ Marketing Land- 11 readers -
  • Negative Self Talk and Self Deprecation

    … Negative Self Talk and Self Deprecation Date / oct 3, 2014 / Category / Psychology, Startups, Team I’m not sure if I can short form blog effectively (like two of my blogging heroes – Brad & Fred), but I’m going to try a little more of that since my time to blog is so limited. While browsing my social streams today, this headline/article…

    Rand's Blog- 17 readers -
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