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Social Perception and Social RealityWhy Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy$
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Lee Jussim

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366600

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366600.001.0001

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The Extraordinary Power of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

The Extraordinary Power of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

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Social Perception and Social Reality

Lee Jussim

Oxford University Press

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

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