self-fulfilling prophecy

(noun) “A prediction that, by being voiced, causes itself to come true” (Wiktionary n.d.).

Example: A student who understands the material but believes he or she will fail the test and therefore does.

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Wiktionary. n.d. “self-fulfilling prophecy.” Retrieved October 21, 2013 (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/self-fulfilling_prophecy).

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