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How to facilitate (or hinder) the expression of Potential

Pygmalion effect, Lucifer effect and self-fulfilling prophecies

"Everything we wait for with confidence becomes our self-fulfilling prophecy."
Brian Tracy

In all of us there is an unexpressed potential, a possible 'future' that presses to manifest itself through our thoughts and actions. As helping practitioners, we know that this potential rarely manifests itself.autonomously. Often, in fact, the potential needs external support, a friendly, non-judgmental gaze to reveal itself. As Rogers said, we need 'unconditional positive acceptance' to be able to express ourselves in a way that is respectful of our true nature.

To be able to offer this kind of support, as helping relationship practitioners, we need to recognise the ideas, expectations and prejudices we have about the people we support and understand how these can help (or hinder) their educational, rehabilitative or therapeutic journey. Only in this way can we change these thoughts, expectations and prejudices and offer the benevolent and non-judgmental gaze that can help them express their unexpressed potential.

In this theoretical-practical workshop, drawing on the theory and practice of Psychosynthesis and on the socio-psychological studies of Rosenthal, Zimbardo and Merton, we will explore together how to address and modify some of the mechanisms by which we unconsciously can hinder, promote or distort the expression of our clients' potential.

Bring your curiosity and your desire to be amazed - you will not be disappointed.

Event Organiser:

Associazione Sul Sentiero (Florence, Italy)


Paolo Assandri - Psychologist, Psychotherapist

Andrea Bonacchi - Physician, Psychotherapist

This seminar is for:

Practitioners and Voluneteers in helping relationships (Teachers, Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Medical Doctors, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Nurses, etc.).


Saturday 22 October 2022 - From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CET (Italian Time)


Zoom (online)

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Fees and Registration:

In order to cover organisational costs, the Sul Sentiero Association suggests a donation of 60 euros.

The seminar is part of the "Care Academy" project. With a donation of 250 euro you can participate in the 5 seminars of the Care Academy.

For registration, please contact the Sul Sentiero Association directly: info@associazionesulsentiero.it

Phone: +39 348 75.22.690 (Andrea), +39 335 16.15.204 (Lina)