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Self-fulfilling Prophecy or the Pygmalion Effect

Key Principles

1. We form certain expectations of people and events
2. We communicate those expectations with various cues
3. People tend to respond to those cues by adjusting their behavior to match them
4. The result is that the original expectation becomes true

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