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Expecting To Be Treated With Prejudice May Be Self-fulfilling Prophecy, Study Suggests: Why Giving Each Other the Benefit of the Doubt Works…

19letters190A Science Daily article suggests that people who expect to be treated with predjudice may encourage a self-fulfilling prophecy.  In my book, “Diversity 2.0” this is notion of self-fulfilling prophecy is a central concept.  Thos of you who are familiar with the Placebo Effect understand that the two “effects” are indeed connected to the same neural circuits in the brain.  Basically, the self fulifilling prophecy and the placebo effect states that you get what you expect.  Which is why the idea of giving everyone the benefit of the doubt is such a simple yet strong way to actually change the way you and I see and interact with the world.  This research just backs up what we already know and when applied in the real world this simple law transforms everything.  Most importantly ourselves…

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  1. August 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    My thought when I read this article is that one should not stereotype and judge others based on appearance, but should imply this “placebo” effect instead, and everyone will follow. Why I love this idea, we as a people are far from this concept.

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