Is there an expression that refers to the phenomenon of embracing accusations/rumours made against you? So, for example, if a child is told constantly that they are bad, they might grow up to be a bad person, because eventually they begin to believe that they are.

I've seen "manifest destiny" but this isn't really the normal use of this phrase.

  • Please finish reading the Tour and the Help on asking questions. You are required to provide an example sentence for this kind of question so we know how you wish to use a phrase.
    – David
    Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 22:32
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    This may be a matter of owning it, like taking on the labels queer or the N word. Making lemons out of lemonade. Commented Dec 5, 2022 at 22:58
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    @YosefBaskin If this question gets reopened, then yours sounds very much like an answer.
    – Mitch
    Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 14:06

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This is called Self-fulfilling prophecy.

According to Wikipedia:

A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that comes true at least in part as a result of a person's or group of persons' belief or expectation that said prediction would come true. This suggests that people's beliefs influence their actions. The principle behind this phenomenon is that people create consequences regarding people or events, based on previous knowledge of the subject.


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