It's your first day of math class, and, unbeknownst to you, your algebra I teacher has been bragging on you — your new algebra II teacher has heard how smart you are, so she provides plenty of positive verbal feedback and nods of encouragement. Then, before you know it, you're at the top of your class! This is an example of the Pygmalion effect, and it explains self-fulfilling prophecies in a number of scenarios.
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