The Pygmalion effect

The Pygmalion effect is a psychological phenomenon wherein high expectations lead to improved performance in a given area.


Its name comes from the story of Pygmalion, a mythical Greek sculptor. Pygmalion carved a statue of a woman and then became enamoured with it. Unable to love a human, Pygmalion appealed to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. She took pity and brought the statue to life. The couple married and went on to have a daughter, Paphos.

This phenomenon is popularly known by the phrase people live up to expectations, most people in Jails were found to have had people around them earlier say they’ll never ever amount to anything or they’ll end up in the Jail and that’s what happened.


It may seem apt to say how you feel or what you think of people when they behave badly or not up to the standard but you might just be making the situation worst. Most times already know of their faults and don’t need you to remind them.


Give them a bigger dream to look up to

Author: Victor Adeyemo

Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest

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