ExpectancyThere was an interesting study done in Japan where they blindfolded students and then told the students that their right arms were being rubbed with a poison ivy plant. Afterwards all students reacted with classic symptoms of poison ivy: itching, boils and redness. But only a harmless shrub was actually used. Now on the other arm, actual poison ivy was used but they were told it was simply a harmless shrub. Only 2 of the 13 students broke out with poison ivy symptoms. Incredible isn’t it?

This is what psychologists call Expectancy Theory — expectations that the brain creates can be as real as those created by events in real world. Expectancy theory proposes that an individual will decide to behave or act in a certain way because they are motivated to select a specific behavior over other behaviors due to what they expect the result of that selected behavior will be. In essence, the motivation of the behavior selection is determined by the desirability of the outcome. However, at the core of the theory is the cognitive process of how an individual processes the different motivational elements. This is done before making the ultimate choice. The outcome is not the sole determining factor in making the decision of how to behave. Expectancy theory is about the mental processes regarding choice, or choosing. It explains the processes that an individual undergoes to make choices.

This is how the Creation Process works: You get in LIFE what you CREATE.

That is easy enough to understand. We are creative and productive beings, and our life is the result of all the things we have created. So what are you creating?

You CREATE what you EXPECT. Expectation manifests into creation. What you expect to happen is what our creative capacity goes to work on producing.

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