Probably the best summary on "Self fulfilling prophecies". is from Wikipedia. Wikipedia is very useful for us ordinary mortals for checking basic facts - even if it is sneered at by the knowledge elite.
Wikipedia says "A self-fulfilling prophecy is a
prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by
the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between
belief and behaviour."
Is it any different from the placebo/nocebo effect?
already know that placebo is powerful and that nocebo is equally as
powerful but in a negative way - from Wikipedia - "Nocebo responses are
not chemically generated and are due only to the subject's pessimistic
belief and expectation that the inert drug will produce negative
The banner on my not so inert Natural
American Spirit Tobacco used to assure me that "Smoking seriously harms
you and others around you" and also (in LARGE BLACK LETTERS) that
"Smoking Kills". The very old people I know who smoke, did most of their
smoking in the years when such blatant subliminals were not fired at
at their subconscious minds every time they smoked. They even believed
it did them some good - and pleasure-wise maybe it did. Pleasure is
It would be interesting to know if death
by smoking and smoking related illnesses increased when the minds of
smokers started to be manipulated by such notices. Might it become worse
if we are given pictures of how are bodies are expected to look if we
carry on with our disgusting habit? We might produce that which we see.
we have the right to legally challenge our governments for exacerbating
the damage we do to ourselves by the self fulling prophecies they
inflict us with?
If I died as instructed to on my tobacco product, can my heirs sue Tobacco Control for causing my death prematurely?
Thank god there are no such criminal notices on my vaping products - I prefer vaping to smoking just for that!