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

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

Self-Verification as a Limit to Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

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Social Perception and Social Reality

Lee Jussim

Oxford University Press

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

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