Pygmalion and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The Pygmalion Effect phenomenon was first cited by a psychologist named Rosenthal, who discovered a teacher’s expectations influenced student performance. This effect was named after the mythological character, Pygmalion, a sculptor who fashioned a beautiful statue of a woman out of ivory that was so realistic—he fell in love with her. The gods had mercy on him and made the statue into a real woman because Pygmalion believed she was real!

In education, self-fulfilling prophecy or the Pygmalion effect refers to bringing what you believe the future holds into existence! The more a teacher expects her students to excel, the more they will excel!

In marriage, the same is true: the more a couple believes their relationship will blossom, believes in the success of their marriage, and believes that God will bless their union—the more their marriage will indeed thrive!

Why does this work? This is the psychological application and explanation of faith! Like gravity, faith is no respecter of persons! Whether you think they’re real or not—both gravity and faith always work!

In your marriage, are your expectations high enough? Do you fully expect to achieve your dream marriage?! Are you changing your behaviour in response to your expectations?