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Self-Predications creates Success or Failure in People

February 13th, 2006

Self-Predications creates Success or Failure in People

Crystal Ball

Instead of just making a list of thing you want to change about your life, you should understand that it is how you see yourself in the future that either makes or breaks your dreams.

Making predictions about your future will increase the chance of actually doing it, says a research study published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research.  They use an example of a person that predicts that they will do a socially good deed, like recycling.  The people that used the self-prediction technique increased their chance of actually doing the deed.

The researchers call is “self-prophecy effect” which can be more beneficial from one person to another.  "A clear benefit of the self-prophecy technique is its simplicity: a question followed by a simple "yes" or "no" elicits behavioral change," said the studies authors, Eric R. Spangenberg and David E. Sprott from Washington State University.


There are two types of personalities that the researchers found in this study.  The two types are low self-monitors and high self-monitors.  The low self monitors pay more attention to their own actions or behavior in a situation versus the outside circumstances.  The low self monitors are more likely to be drawn to values.  The high self monitors are more aware of the external circumstances of the situation are drawn to status.

In the research project they found that the low self-monitor personality types tended to respond the best to self-prediction techniques.  The researchers believe that it is a person’s self-conception that is extremely important with the self-prophecy effect.  If the person believes that they will never be this or that, it becomes true.  The self-prediction technique can actually be used to confront perceived values that the low self-monitors have and used to turn around their outcome.

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