What happens, if everything turns out to be fine again?

            "Thinking determines action, action determines habits, habits shape character, and character shapes fate“

Aristoteles, 384 v. Chr.

Pygmalion myth

The myth 

The oldest tradition goes back to the description of the ancient poet Ovid in Greek mythology. In his work "Metamorphoses" he describes the story of the artist Pygmalion of Cyprus.

Pygmalion was so disappointed with women that he swore off them. After seeing the propoetids prostituting themselves, he decided that he was "no longer interested in women." He only lived for his art, in his case sculpture. But he couldn't completely give up on women, because without thinking about it in particular, he created an ivory statue that looked like a living woman. Impressed with his work, he began to treat the statue more and more like a real person. On the feast day of Venus (Aphrodite in the Greeks), the goddess of love, he asked that his future wife should be just like his beloved statue. 

When he returned home and caressed his statue as usual, it gradually came to life. The lips became warm after the kiss and the statue lost its rigidity. Aphrodite had granted Pygmalion his wish. The union of Pygmalion and his statue produced a daughter named Paphos. The statue itself was given the name Galatea in the 18th century.

The effect

The so-called Pygmalion effect also goes back to the mythological figure of Pygmalion. This is a psychological phenomenon in which an anticipated evaluation and assessment of people affects and thus confirms their performance. A so-called self-fulfilling prophecy.

The Pygmalion effect (also called the Rosenthal effect in the original version) is based on an experiment by Robert Rosenthal and Lenore F. Jacobson. They showed how when a teacher suggested that certain of his students were particularly gifted, he unconsciously encouraged them and ultimately actually increased their performance - regardless of whether they were really gifted or not.

When we expect certain behaviors from other people, we ourselves are likely to act in ways that make the expected behavior more likely to occur in the other person.

Through our expectations, we influence the other person's self-image and actions, which confirms our expectations.

When phycological support makes sense?

Even if you feel like you can solve your problems on your own, psychological counseling can make a valuable contribution to your well-being.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, experiencing ongoing emotional distress, having difficulty coping with everyday life, or simply feel the need for a supportive conversation, it may be a good idea to seek professional help.

Psychological counseling provides a safe space to address challenges, manage emotional distress and initiate positive change.

Your well-being is worth getting support when you need it.

Psychological counseling may be necessary if thoughts, feelings and behavior are affecting your quality of life.

Regardless of whether you come alone, with children or young people, or as a couple, I will be happy to accompany and support you in difficult life situations, relationship problems and acute crises.

With the help of psychological counseling, people receive the support they need to find answers to questions, conflicts and stressful life situations and to solve phases of life that are difficult to cope with, such as a separation, loneliness or problems in the work environment or within the family.

About me - Mireia Tardiu

My name is Mireia. I come from Barcelona and have been living happily in Germany for 14 years.

I am a qualified clinical psychologist and completed a master's degree in behavioral psychotherapy in Spain.

My professional experience in Germany covers different areas such as working as a school psychologist at primary and secondary schools, as a psychological assessor in a hospital, a psychodiagnostician for the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg and as a psychological consultant, as well as an expert in relaxation procedures such as PMR (Progressive Muscle Relaxation according to E. Jacobson) and as leader of projects such as "Behavior Training", "Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious Behavior Prevention" and "Mind Matters".

I can apply my clinical expertise to children and adolescents as well as adults, couples and families.

Regardless of whether it is individual, group or couples therapy, my expertise has given me the opportunity to help many people; i.e. I have extensive knowledge, intercultural competence and experience in counseling in cognitive behavioral therapy and systemic therapy.


The following examples are common topics in my consultation:

*Couples advice:

-Communication and relationship problems

-Separation, divorce, divorce with children

-Sexual advice

*Individual consultation:

-Conflict management

-Dealing with physical and mental illnesses

-Dealing with change and/or fears

*Parenting advice:

-Bullying, absenteeism, sexting, smoking, alcohol consumption

-Violence, delinquency

-Conflicts with family

-Difficulties at school, learning strategies

(The consultation can take place in German, Spanish and Catalan)


PYGMALION practice is a private practice.

Statutory health insurance companies generally do not cover the consultation costs. They would have to be borne by you yourself. Prices upon request.

A session duration of 60 minutes is usually sufficient for each session. The distance between the meetings can be arranged flexibly and as required.


Please feel free to arrange an appointment with me.

You can reach me by phone (SMS or at any time via answering machine) or by email at:

Email: info@mireiatardiu.com

Telephone: +49 (0) 178 7277892

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