Thursday, August 16, 2007

Pygmalion Effect

Yesterday I wondered whether believing something that is not yet true is being "real" or truthful. Whether it is really effective.

It seems to me that there is a lot evidence that believing is conceiving. If I treat myself with respect, see myself as happy and successful then is what I will be.
I have experience this myself and seems its time for me to start seeing myself like that again. I have achieved lot of what I have wanted and then I seem to lost my way.

Well I am have found my path and I am creating a new vision for my life. I am treating myself with the respect and honouring the person that I am.

I am a healthy, fit, slim, happy, successful, giving,creative, intelligent, articulate,spiritual woman. I am a good teacher, wife, daughter, sister and friend.

Self-fulfilling prophecy is also known as the Pygmalion Effect.

"An ancient myth

Magic certainly was involved in the ancient myth from which the idea of the self-fulfilling prophecy takes its other common name. As Ovid told the story in the tenth book of Metamorphoses, the sculptor Pygmalion, a prince of Cyprus, sought to create an ivory statue of the ideal woman.

The result which he named Galatea, was so beautiful that Pygmalion fell desperately in love with his own creation. He prayed to the goddess Venus to bring Galatea to life. Venus granted his prayer and the couple lived happily ever after.

A modern update

That's where the name originated but a better illustration of the "Pygmalion Effect" is George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion (ONE OF MY FAVOURITE MOVIES), in which Professor Henry Higgins insists that he can take a Cockney flower girl and, with some vigorous training, pass her off as a duchess. He succeeds. But a key point lies in a comment by the trainee, Eliza Doolittle, to Higgins' friend Pickering:

"You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up (the dressing and the proper way of speaking and so on), the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she's treated. I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins, because he always treats me as a flower girl, and always will, but I know I can be a lady to you because you always treat me as a lady, and always will."

from: Better Management by Perception
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