The ‘Pygmalion Effect’ Or The Observer Expectancy Effect? What we expect of Others is how they WILL perform!

This is known as ‘The Pygmalion Effect’ or ‘The Observer Expectancy Effect’. The height or levels we expect in others, we usually are not disappointed. This can even explain the self-fulfilling prophecies we generate relating to our own personal relationships.

Positive or Negative Expectations we ‘set’ for others, others will usually consciously or unconsciously live up to these expectations. The more often we expect miracles, the more of a chance, the more fuel we give to these miracles. Paradoxically we achieve higher results from others, but on the other hand this has a slight chance of materialising into disappointing results we didn’t set out for.


This is a great reminder to try our ‘inner’ to keep personal expectations or judgements aside, and be as most practical and ‘objectionable’ than ever to help produce performance and ‘Vibe’ harmony.

We inherently have the ability to rise to the occasion of what others think of us. (Good or Bad). In other words, if we have very low, or no expectations of others, we usually won’t be disappointed. Our expectations or lack of expectations have an ‘uncanny’ way of transforming into vibes, these vibes become communicated whether we know it or not. There is above all – a two way street. Belief equals inspiration whether we put out this belief, or receive this belief.

The Pygmalion Effect Brought To Life: Greek Mythology, Pygmalion: The Protagonist in this Greek Myth. A myth that saw Pygmalion, (a great sculptor of the time), sculpt a fantastic sculpture of a woman incredibly perfect and adorable in every way. Pygmalion sure enough fell deeply in love with this sculpture, his very own creation.


Enter The Goddess Of Love and Beauty – Aphrodite: Pygmalion passionately prayed to Aphrodite for a ‘Miracle’, Aphrodite answered Pygmalion’s prayers and brought the statue to life!

This psychological linking we all have is the linking between ‘The Pygmalion Effect’ or ‘The Observer Expectancy Effect’ and our very own relationships in life, whether peers, sport, romantic or work related. Our work related relationships are about performance – receiving or giving. We carve or sculpt images in our own heads whether good, bad or indifferent. These images have an uncanny ability of ‘coming to life’, hence the mythological powers of Aphrodite in our very own modern day lives.

Teachers and Students, Professionals and Apprentices, Mentors and Proteges, Colleagues, Fishing Buddies, Sport Players/Coach Or Spectator, Parent/Child. If we have a higher opinion of somebody, whether founded or imagined, these belief-systems usually become the self-fulfilling prophecy, manifestation or miracle. Whichever way we choose to look at it. The vibes we put out, people usually try and live up to these vibes (knowingly or not) – whether leading to success or absence of success, hence the magic of love and romance so often experienced. Adversely, the ‘absence’ of love given or received in situations is and can just as easily be manifested into reality.


Our ‘Positive Makeups’ should lead the way predominantly in all aspects of our days and nights: We consciously guide and mould our thoughts – let’s give our thoughts and ‘vibes’ the very best chance. Let’s Build The ‘Reputations’ of others in the positive light. We tend to live up to reputations we build or ‘others’ build in ‘their’ minds of us. We know this first hand. 

The Best and Brightest Outcomes we could ever imagine have the best fighting chance of fruition by outwardly or ‘deliberately’ building the positive reputations of others’ in our lives. Reciprocation usually flows in the same river we set foot in and each same foot set, we personally change. Humans usually have a knack of satisfying these expectations.


We must still keep reality in check of others’ abilities and not be tempted to push for the clearly ‘impossible’ or ‘unreasonable’. Natural barriers will usually still find a way of reminding us of our limits and abilities we share. Fallibilities, faults and quirks can only add a more natural connection that make us have far more in common with the next person than we ever imagined. We keep out expectations to an objectionable, non-judgemental level and we will be pleasantly surprised above and beyond more often that not. 

Let’s forecast the ‘positive’ from ourselves and others. Build the culture that reflects the highest attitudes of life/daily outcomes. Leaders build more co-respect by nurturing feedback, along with the energy we naturally radiate. 


The more we carve/sculpt positively, the more we give ‘The Pygmalion Effect’ opportunity to build and change for the ultimate good we ALL Deserve.  

Great Examples Of The Pygmalion Effect In Movies Are: My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman, Mannequin, Weird Science, Lars and the Real Girl, Her, Can’t Buy Me Love, Trading Places.

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