This is a speech in essay form describing Self-Fulfillng Prophecy and the effects certain expectations have on individuals.

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A wise man once said, "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." Little did poor old Mr. Forrest Gump know that his statement would be wrong in the eyes of SFP. SFP, also known as the Pygmalion effect, can be defined as, a phenomenon by which people's expectations about the future events lead them to behave in particular ways that, on occasion, can cause the expected event to occur. People tend to find what they are looking for. More than that, they may even tend unwittingly to create what they seek. You see with this definition, at times you do know what you are going to get out of life, although the majority of times it is in your subconscious. I will explain this as the speech goes on.

Today I'm going to cover 3 aspects of SFP. (1) The brief history and overall concept of self-fulfilling prophecy (2) How you know the outcome of a situation before it begins and (3) how thinking positively will lead to better outcomes

Let me begin by stating the history of the name. According to John Fleming, the name derives all the way back from Greek mythology. It started when a sculptor, whose name was Pygmalion, created a statue of a woman whom he fell in love with. Seeing his anguish Aphrodite, the goddess of love, took pity on him and brought the statue to life. The theme of the Pygmalion myth is that wanting something to be true can actually make it come true. This leads me into the concept of SFP. Here you will notice 3 points. First, we form certain beliefs or expectations of either people or events before they occur...such as giving a speech in...