“If you believe it, it will happen…”
This self-fulfilling prophecy consists of four factor elements that together to make up the Pygmalion Effect. Among these fundamentals include climate, feedback, input, and output. When incorporated together, a more beneficial and effective environment is formed individually as well as overall in a business atmosphere.
Our “circle of influence” includes people and aspects involved in one’s life that effect and contribute to their outcomes and experiences. When the Pygmalion Effect is applied to a person with Pygmalion philosophies, it will produce positive results in overall relationships, both with yourself and members of your “circle of influence”. In fact, anyone can adopt a Pygmalion attitude towards all of the pieces of their life – with family, friends, school relations and business relations alike. For example, a person who exercises the four essential factors involved in obtaining success through the Pygmalion Effect in educational relations will create an experience beneficial to the outlook of their learning experience. They will also come to its advantages in the future through their career oriented goals.
Factors within our climate consist of non-verbal, both positive and negative,
messages. These messages include tone of voice usage, eye contact, facial expression, as well as body posture, smile and positive head nodding. Demonstrating such non-verbal gestures can positively contribute to the way in which others perceive a person. By focusing on developing more positive non-verbal messages, your attitude will naturally become more encouraging to the people around you. In a classroom, a student who strives to present these characteristics may likely be recognized as a dedicated student by their teachers. Likewise, an employee who demonstrates positive climate factors may likely build a greater relationship with their manager.
The second factor of the Pygmalion Effect is feedback, such as positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. Utilizing the above climate factor traits may enable you to be more effective in gaining feedback throughout your “circle of influence”. Students can benefit from this by developing a more respectable or hardworking reputation with their professors. The more effort you put into a professor’s course, the better relationship you can build and the more you will get out of your learning experience in their classroom. Likewise, the more you create a positive image of yourself towards peers or fellow students, the more you can develop relations where feedback is provided. In turn, this can be helpful to improving your overall educational performance.
The third element of the Pygmalion Effect is the concept of input. This is the amount of information given to an individual. When incorporating input into your personal plan to develop a Pygmalion attitude towards members of “circle of influence”, this factor can provide you with more positive challenges that enable you to expand your personal skills. The more time you put into your education, career, projects or goals, the more knowledge you will obtain. If you allow your dislikes or weaknesses to become a roadblock in giving something every single thing you have to offer, you may miss out on a great deal of knowledge that life is offering you. If the outputs of your business are failing, you can always assess the inputs and make small adjustments accordingly to achieve a better result.
Output is the fourth element of the Pygmalion Effect. This has to do with
the amount, or lack thereof, of output that one thing contributes to another. In an organizational setting, output can relate to the amount of effort a manager encourages from their team. Managers who create an environment where there is always an opportunity to present ideas for improvement will experience a greater output than a manager who does not show interest in the opinions of their team. In a classroom setting, the attitudes of a professor or fellow classmates can help create the amount of confidence an individual incorporates into their disposition throughout their classroom interactions. When a student is put in an atmosphere where individual participation is encouraged, it can create greater involvement in a class discussion or a course overall.
Create a Pygmalion Effect
There are many different ways you can create the Pygmalion Effect in all aspects of your life. The Pygmalion Effect’s “Expectation Cycle” goes like this: We form expectations… We communicate our expectations… Our expectations are matched… Our expectations come true.
By developing the mindset to expect more of yourself, you will likely increase your inputs and see more positive results across your outputs. An individual who sets high performance goals or seeks out outstanding potential in themselves or others will bring forth more intentional results of a Pygmalion Effect.
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