A Change of Direction
“If you expect the battle to be insurmountable, you've met the
enemy. It's you.” Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Timothy D. Wilson, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, knows very well the dangers of the self-fulfilling prophecy, especially how it can impact young college students. So he wanted to help his students view their academic challenges in a different way by redirecting their expectations from the negative to the positive
Rather than attributing poor grades or setbacks to enduring beliefs about themselves, he shared information on external factors, including statistical data that revealed how many new students struggle with disappointing grades, but eventually improve over time. Students who watched videos of older students who discussed how their grades improved over the years improved at a quicker pace and were less likely to drop out by the end of their second year than those who did not see the videos.
Self-fulfilling prophecies, particularly those that are negative, can wreak havoc for us whether we are in school, at work, or in our personal relationships. That is why I encourage you to attend our retreat on Spiritual Response Therapy, which provides a powerful and accurate way of changing the landscape of our inner and outer lives, enabling us to live more freely and fully. Want to know more? Visit our Retreats page for all the details!