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Old 06-21-2011, 12:51 PM   #5

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Default Re: Hmmm, when did Woodley say this?!?

Originally Posted by zulater View Post
Good, Woodley's inside his head. It will be a self fullfilling prophecy now.
I don't think so. A "self-fulfilling" prophecy would be when one states
something about ___themselves___ and due to their prediction,
subconsciously, they then take actions that make the event come
true. But when someone __else__ makes the prediction, it is not
a "_SELF_ - fulfilling prophecy" since the "self" never made the claim;
someone else did.

Now, it could indeed "get in his head" but it won't be a self-fulfilling
prophecy since it wasn't Flacco's prediction to begin with. If Flacco
stated "I will probably never win a Super Bowl" and he ends up
not winning one, THEN, one could claim that was a self-fulfilling
A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior. Although examples of such prophecies can be found in literature as far back as ancient Greece and ancient India, it is 20th-century sociologist Robert K. Merton who is credited with coining the expression "self-fulfilling prophecy" and formalizing its structure and consequences. In his book Social Theory and Social Structure, Merton defines self-fulfilling prophecy in the following terms: e.g. when Roxanna falsely believes her marriage will fail, her fears of such failure actually cause the marriage to fail.
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