The Pygmalion Effect is a psychological phenomenon wherein high expectations lead to improved performance in a given area.
Take the classroom as an example as there has been a lot of research carried out. A teacher's expectations of student performance become self-fulfilling prophecies for each of their students; students perform better or worse than other students based on the way their teacher expects them to perform.
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How do you think the teacher’s expectations of a child who is well-behaved and completes their homework on time vs a student who is always late, plays around in class and doesn’t listen? Day and night difference in their results.
When a teacher believes that a child will be successful they commit more resources and attention to that child. Alongside the child feeling a sense of support and expectation, they raise their game and effort which produces a far better result.
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