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2 February, 19:55

Which of the following is an example of a self-fulfilling prophecy?

A woman thinks her marriage will fail, so she stops being affectionate with her husband and then he leaves.

A man tries to find new work and comes up empty.

A counselor tells her client to be nicer to her son and he begins to open up as a result.

A student thinks he will do well on a test and gets a lower grade than he expected.

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  1. 2 February, 21:10
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    The correct answer is A woman thinks her marriage will fail, so she stops being affectionate with her husband and then he leaves.

    A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that someone makes about their future. In this case, the woman thinks her marriage will fail.

    Then, the person will take actions that increase the likelihood that this event will happen. In the above example, the woman stops showing affection.

    Then, if the event actually takes place, the person can say that they knew all along that this was going to happen. This fulfills their previous prediction.
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