Michelangelo phenomenon is a phenomenon observed by psychologists in which interdependent individuals influence and sculpt each other.
Over time, Michelangelo effect causes individuals to develop toward what they themselves consider as their ideal selves. The phenomenon was named after the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer – Michelangelo.
He is said to have had a thought of sculpting as a process of revealing and uncovering the figures hidden in stone. The term was introduced by the US psychologist, Stephen Michael Drigotas in 1999.