The self - The self-fulfilling prophecy helps maintain and...

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The self-fulfilling prophecy helps maintain and perpetuate inequality on a societal level. If a society holds negative expectations toward a particular group of people (e.g., the group is expected to perform in a sub par fashion), that group may internalize these expectations. Literally, they may begin to behave according to the expectations (see Henslin, 1999:323). Negative behavior will, in turn, provide justifications for a dominant group to continue a policy of disrespect. Social structure helps in the formation and maintenance of expectations for both parties. The Zimbardo study and the Rosenhan experiment highlight the "self-fulfilling prophecy." If one expects a certain kind of behavior from an individual, one may unconsciously create the conditions that fulfill expectations. For example, an athlete who thinks he is a loser, seldom wins. However, an athlete who believes that he is a winner tends to win (all other things held equal). Social Interaction in Everyday Life
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