Consider the Pygmalion Effect

Consider the Pygmalion Effect

The Pygmalion effect is a psychological phenomenon where high expectations lead to improved performance. Expectations people have of us boost our confidence and performance.  When we expect someone to perform well in any capacity, we treat them in a different way. Teachers tend to show more positive body language towards students they expect to be gifted. Clever Hans, a horse who could answer questions, with 90% accuracy, by tapping his hoof, but not because he had knowledge but because he could read non-verbal clues.

We are all capable of more than we think. Authority figures have the power to influence how subordinates to them behave by holding high expectations. What we achieve, how we think, how we act, and how we perceive our capabilities can be influenced by the expectations of those around us. By expecting people to perform at a higher standard, we nudge them towards success.


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