Pygmalian effect - believe it and it will come true

Updated: Aug 25

As a former Senior Secondary English teacher, I had witnessed students with a poor aptitude for study succeed while others who should excel, failed.


I used to tell my class at the beginning of the year that I had chosen them to be in my year 12 class because they were the brightest students and therefore would do extremely well... that it was just my job to refine their work so they could get there.


It is amazing how many excelled when, according to their previous results, they should not have - this is called the Pygmalian Effect and means that if you expect someone, in this case a student to do well, he generally did. And, of course, the opposite can be true too.



When I was thinking of having surgery for the cancer, something one of the doctors said to me stood out: “There are some people who should live and don’t, and there are some people who live, despite all the cards being stacked against them”.


This really reinforced for me that there is much more to us than we realize and I am grateful that the parents at the school where I had been teaching had opened my eyes to this and to my ability.


You see, I first became aware that I had a great ability to tune in to what a person is thinking below their level of conscious thought when parents rang me to ask if I would coach their sons as I had a knack of giving exactly the right message to their older boys that not only improved their English results but also improved their lives.



I didn’t realize before this that I would automatically tune in to a student and then would choose the exact essay topic he needed to release hidden emotions. So, the boy who was afraid of being alone had to write about Huck Finn travelling on his own down the river! By writing the essay he would deal with his hidden fears – getting them all out on paper and thereby releasing them.


The parents recognized this gift of mine before I did.


I started coaching students privately while writing my book on Educational Kinesiology - Switch on Your Brain, which became 3rd best seller in Australia for its genre. It included two great contributions by Allan Parker who had taught me some of that work – a mathematical formula for teaching children math and a chart that identified the problem and then guided you to the specific exercises you would need to do to overcome that problem.


I worked with hundreds of students and found that Educational Kinesiology was fantastic but it did not go far enough to make a permanent change for those with different or more severe learning difficulties.


I developed my own techniques that made permanent change and word began to spread far and wide so that I was booked out 5 months ahead working all day every day with people not only in Australia but throughout the world.


Click here if you would like to know more about my educational techniques.