Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Psychology: Definition & Examples


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When your mind convinces you of something that isn't actually true, you are experiencing a(n)

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1. Robert Rosenthal is well-known for his experiment in an elementary school, which illustrated the power of

2. Richard Daniels has three older siblings. Every time he meets a new teacher at school, he usually receives a big smile and is told something like, 'I know you'll do well. All of the Daniels kids are smart.' Richard works hard to live up to this expectation. As a result, he performs well academically. This is an example of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Understanding self-fulfilling prophecies in regards to social psychology is an area of study that has practical, everyday applications; and this quiz/worksheet will help test your knowledge of the topic. Some of the information you will be assessed on include Robert Rosenthal, and examples of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools evaluate your understanding of:

  • Types of self-fulfilling prophecies
  • Persuading yourself to believe something that is untrue
  • Robert Rosenthal

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet give students practice with these skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the formation of beliefs that aren't true
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Robert Rosenthal's social psychology experiments
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about self-fulfilling prophesies

Additional Learning

For a greater understanding of self-fulfilling prophecies, review the lesson called Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Psychology: Definition & Examples. The lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Understand how a self-fulfilling prophecy can have both positive and negative implications
  • Discuss the effects of making unfounded assumptions or jumping to conclusions
  • Learn about research studies related to self-fulfilling prophecies