By Michael Mooney, Ministry Practitioner
The self-fulfilling prophecy is a false definition of a situation that results in behavior that makes the prediction come true.
Here are a few examples:
* A pastor takes a position at a new church. Soon he picks a person from the crowd that seems to conflict with his own personality. After a few interactions with them he loses objectivity and concludes that they are a “troublemaker”. In time he begins to view all of their motives and intentions in this light. Even though the person may or may not have ever been a trouble maker, as far as the pastor is concerned they live up to his profile of them as trouble.
* A department or store manager believes that a new employee is lazy because they have trouble meeting the company’s dress code by tucking their shirt in, etc. The manager makes it a point to never assign the new employee any tasks of responsibility. In time the manager concludes that the employee is not “management material” because they are lazy and therefore not promotable.
“We tend to live up to our expectations.”
Claude M. Bristol:
“We usually get what we anticipate.”
For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he…