The Galatea effect & success

The Galatea effect & success

 

Dr.Saad Ramzi Al- Hashimi, PhD -Health Sciences MSc-(hon) in Med Ultrasound.RMSKS.

Dr.Saad Ramzi Al- Hashimi, PhD

The Galatea effect is a cognitive factor that induces you to achieve results. It traces its roots from mythical figures Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion, the king of Crete, was looking for the ideal woman. Since he couldn’t find her, he made a sculpture with all the attributes he was looking for in a woman.

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The sculpture epitomizes not only physical attributes but also values. The figure embodies beauty, tenderness, nobility, sensitivity, and many other virtues. It was so perfect that he fell madly in love  with it. He called it “Galatea”.

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Goddess Aphrodite was moved when she saw the love Pygmalion had for Galatea. She made the statue come to life. The king of Crete had now found his ideal wife and they lived happily ever after. Pygmalion’s strong desire made the statue come to life. That willpower to succeed is called the Galatea effect.

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The Galatea effect suggests that when we believe in our abilities to achieve a goal, the more likely we’ll be to achieve it. However, when we don’t believe in our capabilities, the more likely we’ll be to not achieve results. Our success depends on our conviction that we can achieve our goals. It is like positive thinking and enforcement .

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The Galatea effect doesn’t only affect our own self and our own belief to succeed , but it also influences others. If we’re convinced that we’re capable of achieving something, it creates an “illusion” in others and vice-versa. If we doubt our abilities, it’s likely that others will too.

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We can say that a person is much more likely to succeed when their mind is working towards their goal. Many high-level athletes practice the Galatea effect. They visualize the desired result or score, especially before their competition.

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The Galatea effect may or may not be beneficial for us. Ideally, we should use it to our advantage. Some self-help approaches stress the importance of visualizing where we are in relation to our goal. This approach is consistent with the Galatea effect as to how our thoughts influence our capability to achieve a certain objective.

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Possibility, capacity, and merit are the means to activate the Galatea effect. Possibility means that the purpose must be realistic. Capacity is the ability to maximize skills. Merit is related to a positive attitude.

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Some goals are difficult, while others are impossible. First, make sure that your plans are possible. If you want to become invisible, but don’t have any foundation or hypothesis that may challenge the current laws of physics, this goal is impossible.

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Ability involves identifying, recognizing, and promoting those skills that we possess that will eventually help us reach our goal. Anyone can touch the sky as long as they know how to get there. The second step trusts your own capabilities. Don’t limit them, just have faith in them.

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Finally, self-concept and self-esteem are closely related to self-perception. Do you think you’re valuable enough to achieve fulfillment and happiness? Is there anything that makes you doubt yourself? Do you give up on great achievements before even trying simply because you don’t consider yourself a successful   person?

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Evaluate yourself and figure out who you are, what you can do, and what you deserve. If you don’t believe you can and deserve to achieve something, you probably won’t. That’s how the Galatea effect works.

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Thank you for reading.

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