Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Jan 29, 2022

Have you heard the (true) story of the little girl that went out every morning to get the mail, and the mailman greeted her with “Hello, Miss America!”  She ended up winning the Miss America pageant.  We don’t understand the power that words, phrases, and expressions have on people’s lives unless we understand the “magic” of self-fulfilling prophecy. This is especially true of how it affects kids… in the positive AND negative!  In this episode, I talk about the internal and external labels that influence self-fulfilling prophecy. Next I cover self-dialogue, and how it influences behavior.  Finally, I explore how subtle expressions can influence kids, and we might not realize that it’s happening.
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