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#171036 - 10/30/07 03:07 PM THERE'S A WORD FOR IT
Is there a word for when a person's fear of something causes them to take a course of action that turns that fear into a reality?
Example: Someone who's afraid that the person they love will leave them and find another lover, smothers them with attention and shows their fear through jealousy. This motives their lover to leave and find someone new.
#171038 - 10/30/07 03:21 PM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: James Love]
In the study of folklore, there is a tale type called the Patient Griselda where a jealous husband tests his wife's fidelity in a Job-like series of escalating torments. (The tale appears in the Decameron and the Clerk's Prologue in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.) I don't know of a generic term for this sort of thing, though._________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#171042 - 10/30/07 03:46 PM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: James Love]
I don't know of a single word, but it sounds like a "self-fulfilling prophecy." Sort of like how the stock market works.
#171046 - 10/30/07 04:50 PM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: Rintrah]
Loc: lower upstate New York
Originally Posted By: RintrahI don't know of a single word, but it sounds like a "self-fulfilling prophecy." Sort of like how the stock market works.
That's the expression that came to mind for me, too.
#171056 - 10/31/07 11:29 AM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: AnnaStrophic]
Another term for the dilemma might be "shooting oneself in the foot." It's also similar to the "Oedipus effect."
#171061 - 10/31/07 06:47 PM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: James Love]
Loc: Aladamnbama the most watered s...
Originally Posted By: James LoveIs there a word for when a person's fear of something causes them to take a course of action that turns that fear into a reality?
The word I always use is phobicautodidactictransfiguration
And when I use me special word I always get ovation.
When Dukes and maharajas
Pass the time of day with me
I say me special word and then
They ask me out to tea.
Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay
Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay!
Edited by themilum (10/31/07 06:57 PM)
#171067 - 11/01/07 06:19 AM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: themilum]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
This sounds anyway far less painfull then shooting yourself in the foot.
The little poem is a cure for any fear, unless you fear crumbling your coockies.
Edited by BranShea (11/01/07 07:10 AM)
#171101 - 11/02/07 12:05 PM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: themilum]
Your precociousness has me on my feet!
#171113 - 11/02/07 09:39 PM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: themilum]
#171114 - 11/02/07 10:55 PM Re: THERE'S A WORD FOR IT [Re: Hydra]
Loc: Aladamnbama the most watered s...
Sure Hrdra, that's easy for you to say.
But can you rub your tummy while patting your head?
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