Our attitude toward and expectation of others, positive or negative tends to be mirrored in their performance. This also applies to our self- expectations.
This is called the Pygmalion or Mirror Effect.
George Bernard Shaw developed the theme of the creative artist Pygmalion (1912), from which was later derived the musical play My Fair Lady.”
The stage and screen musical play, My Fair Lady illustrates the principle Professor Higgin’s expectations and specialised training of a Cockney flower girl enabled her to pass as a lady. Her life was changed because she lived up to those expectations.
It can be a positive loop. We communicate positive attitudes and expectations to others. This produces positive performance which stimulates even more positive expectations. These in turn build increasingly positive expectations . . . and so on.
This motivational principle can inspire you and the people in your life:
• your children
• your spouse
• your colleagues
• your employees
• your boss