Pygmalion effect


ƒEtienne Maurice Falconet
Pygmalion et GalatŽe (1763)

The term The Pygmalion effect has various meanings, all of which are related to the Pygmalion myth about the sculptor who fell in love with the statue he created.

In applied mathematics and related fields, symptoms of this effect are shown by those analysts who seek to fit any problem they seek to solve into the mold of their beloved model/theory.

The consequences of this practice can be harmless, embarrassing, refreshing, funny, catastrophic, innovative, etc. depending on the situation.

Warnings against the danger of succumbing to this effect, in applied mathematics and related fields, are often expressed by the dictum:

Don’t fall in love with your model!