Today I’d like to share with you a well-documented phenomenon called The Pygmalion Effect.
The name is derived from the mythical Greek character, Pygmalion, who had carved such a beautiful statue that he fell in love with it...and brought her to life.
In other words, Pygmalion’s perception of this seemingly inanimate rock as a beautiful living woman changed its very nature into a beautiful living woman.
The effect was popularized by a study that showed that teachers’ perceptions of their students impacted their students’ innate IQ level. When the teacher perceived a particular student as an “intellectual bloomer” (even if this held no measurable validity), that student became an intellectual bloomer.
The Pygmalion Effect then can be seen as a self-fulfilling prophecy…