"The cognitive mechanism in the self-fulfilling prophecy is explained by this: we see the world through our own prejudices, filtering the information that comes to us in such a way to strengthen our own expectations. We learn these cognitive structures by heart, resulting in the fact that we will explain what is going on around us through this kind of crippled thinking. By this, our expectations create the social reality and, even when the expectations are not authentic, they end up becoming true.
The wrong definition of a situation can be involuntary, by lack of contextual information, or deliberate,generating a social manipulation, obtaining certain benefits.
The wrong image about a person will lead to the self-fulfilling prophecy and at a behavioral confirmation. Thus, if we imagine about “the other” that he is open, friendly, social, we will be kind to him every time we meet him. The response of our friend will be usually convergent with our own expectations: he will try to play the role we created, even if, in his own way, he is more inclined towards introversion. Then we will naturally conclude: “He’s exactly how I expected him to be!” Of course, we can imagine this scene in its negative version, in which we qualify “the other” as “cold, distant, arrogant”, fact that will make him respond to our aggressive attitude aggressively, even if he is usually a meek and generous person, fulfilling again the “prophecy”..."
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Via Dimitris Tsantaris