a self-fulfilling prophecy

Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 08:04 am
At the same time, if protectionism grows in America or if China comes to be seen as a long-term adversary, a self-fulfilling prophecy may blight the prospects of global order.

Does "a self-fulfilling prophecy" suggest that whatever prophecy that is made will eventually become true?
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 08:09 am
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Frank Apisa
Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 09:58 am

But some of them will...and when they do, the people who want to rationalize them will use the excuse that the reason they exist is "self-fulfilling prophecy.
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Robert Gentel
Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 08:32 pm
Neither explanation you've received is accurate (by my understanding, at least).

A "self-fulfilling prophecy" is a prediction that comes true partly because of the prediction itself.

For example, let's say a psychic tells a young kid "you will forever be afraid of old women!" and in doing so scares the kid silly, giving him a phobia of old women.

It would have been a self-fulfilling prophecy, because part of the reason it became true is because the of the prophecy itself.

In geopolitics an example would be:

The US president says, "Iran is evil, and we need to be careful with them as we may find ourselves at war with them."

In this scenario, it can be called a self-fulfilling prophecy if it contributes to the worsening of relations between the countries and brings them closer to war.
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