How Self-Fulfilling Prophecies Shape Interpersonal Communication


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What is a self-fulfilling prophecy?

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1. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, beliefs and behaviors create a loop of mutually increasing each other. What do we call this?

2. Who was Robert K. Merton?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The focus of this quiz and worksheet combo will be on interpersonal communication and how self-fulfilling prophecies impact these communications. Test questions include the definition of a self-fulfilling prophecy and the term or phrase for beliefs and behaviors that mutually increase each other.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Who Robert K. Merton is
  • Truth(s) about self-fulfilling prophecies
  • An example of a self-fulfilling prophecy when meeting a friend and expecting them to be friendly

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information given about self-fulfilling prophecies and interpersonal communication from the lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics and application of a self-fulfilling prophecy

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this topic, review the lesson called How Self-Fulfilling Prophecies Shape Interpersonal Communication. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define and discuss the differences between verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Examine how perception affects our reality
  • Get a more in-depth review of who created the concept of self-fulfilling prophecies and how it applies to human behavior