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June 28, 2022

 

First Impressions

Picture this, you are preparing for a work interview, or at a new school for the first day. You pay particular attention to what your hair looks like, what you wear, how that morning you do your makeup. To make sure your look is the best it can be, you double-check these things. Why is this what you do? Since you want to make a strong first impression, you do this. 

First impressions are so important that there is never a way to give a first impression of the second. . This is because research has shown, “…that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face, and that longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions…” (Wargo, 2006). Yes, a person is judged based on their facial characteristics much of the time. If a person has a “mature” face or a “baby-face,” whether they appear trustworthy or likable, and in judicial matters or in an election, these perceptions are the most strong. And repeated exposure to a person more often than not does not alter these decisions, especially if there is no verbal interaction between two individuals.

There are other considerations, of course, that decide the first impression. Some of them are visual, facial, body language, and general appearance. Others have verbal conversations, such as in a work interview, where the employee speaks with reverence or casual language to their future employer. Or what kind of language is used by a human and whether they use it properly. These variables are not as important as the facial characteristics of an individual.

Overall, you don’t have much influence over the first impression of a human, but you have control over how you alter the first impression of an erroneous one. This is not to suggest that you shouldn’t look your best, you should strive to have an image that can affect a favorable first impression even harder instead.


First Impressions

Picture this, you are preparing for a job interview, or for the first day at a new school.  You pay special attention to how your hair looks, what you’re wearing, how you do your makeup that morning.  You check and double-check these things to make sure your appearance is the best it can be.  Why do you do this? You do this because you want to make a good first impression.  

First impressions are so important because there is never a way to make a second first impression.  This is because studies have shown, “that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face, and that longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions,” (Wargo, 2006).  Yes, most times a person is judged based on their facial features.  Whether a person has a “mature” face or a “baby-face,” if they look trustworthy, or likable, and these impressions are the most powerful in judicial matters or in an election.  And more often than not prolonged exposure to a person does not change these judgments especially if there is no verbal exchange between two people.

Of course, there are other factors that determine the first impression.    Most are visual, facial features, body language, and overall appearance.  Others include verbal exchanges, for example, in a job interview, if the person speaks to their potential boss with respect or with informal language.  Or what kind of vocabulary a person uses and if they use it correctly.  While these factors aren’t as important as a person’s facial features.   

Overall you don’t have much control over a person’s first impression of you, however, you do have control over how you change an inaccurate first impression.  This is not to say that you shouldn’t look your best, instead, you should try that much harder to have an appearance that will influence a favorable first impression.

Sources Cited

https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/studying-first-impressions-what-to-consider
https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/how-many-seconds-to-a-first-impression

https://www.youthvoices.live/tag/first-impressions/