Self-reflexive thoughts

Philosophical Issues 16 (1):334-345 (2006)
Alice has insomnia. She has trouble falling asleep and part of the problem is that she worries about it and realizes that her worrying about it tends to keep from falling asleep. It occurs to her that thinking that she will not be able to fall asleep may be a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. Perhaps she even has a thought that might be expressed like this: I am not going to fall asleep because of my having this very thought. This thought attributes to itself the property of keeping her awake.
Keywords Belief  Content  Intention  Language  Self-reference  Thought
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DOI 10.1111/j.1533-6077.2006.00117.x
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