Definition of self-confirming
: serving or tending to confirm or validate oneself or itself: such as
a : being or causing the basis for its own validation self-confirming beliefs/expectations a self-confirming [=self-fulfilling] prophecy also : of, relating to, or involving something that is self-confirming Artists who make a splash in art galleries are promoted in art galleries. This, in turn, makes their splashes bigger, creating a self-confirming effect … . — Robert Dixon Thus a person who is fearful of writing in front of others may focus on the thought that others will see his hand shake. But that fear itself can amplify his anxiety, thus creating the very hand tremor the person feared. In this way, a self-confirming cycle begins in which fear generates the awkwardness that justifies the fear. — Daniel Goleman
b : not including or considering information from external sources that conflicts with the beliefs, assertions, etc., of oneself or one's group But oftentimes we are self-confirming in our searches. We only register information that we want to hear.— Veronica Gnaman
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