Most of us have high expectations.
Don’t get me wrong. Having high expectations is often beneficial. Research has shown that the most highly effective teachers are those who maintain high expectations of their students. Teachers who have high expectations of themselves are also more effective.
In contrast, levels of expectations are also related to the degree of satisfaction that customers experience. When we expect something incredible and are provided with something far from that, the degree of discrepancy may be related to our level of dissatisfaction.
We believe in gold standards. If people don’t live up to what we believe to be a perfect response we feel unfulfilled; let down. If things don’t go the way that we think they should in an ideal world, someone must be at fault and therefore, to blame. Perhaps Plato is to blame if I can’t find a perfect circle.