Self-fulfilling Prophecy

We almost all know what the prophecy is. So how does prophecy fulfill itself?

Albeit it brings to mind the future and unknown, it actually is about completely ourselves. But how? The answer is  ‘our thoughts’ substantially.

Not surprisingly while our negative thoughts creating our beliefs, our behaviors are being led by those beliefs unconsciously.  We also influence other people’s behaviors to us by behaving in those ways. And finally, it becomes a vicious cycle -until we recognize that and decide to change. This is one of the reasons for one’s fears come true.  To give an example, when someone, who is afraid of being abandoned, clings more to his/her partner and tries to control him/her, the partner would feel suffocated from this manner. In this case, s/he made her own fears come true by acting in a particular manner. His/her only purpose was to avoid being abandoned, though.

Let’s have a look at Gandhi’s famous quote: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

It should also be kept in mind that we can utilize the self-fulfilling prophecy advantageously. According to an article in Psychology Today, if we keep our thoughts and beliefs in a positive framework towards our goals, we would help the result to be the way we want.

So I hope that we use our prophecies to our benefit.

Published by Mental Health Professional

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