First impressions are not only quick to form , they last forever. You owe it yourself to create powerful First Impression because your success, happiness and fulfilment depends on them.
Every first impression is contextual. It is based on a situation where a stranger in front of you is trying to maximize benefit to herself/himself company and minimizing pain. It also depends on stranger and their perceptions, knowledge and experience. It is what the stranger considers important in the given situation and the characteristics they want to see in you and the way they sees themselves. And the most important factor is “YOU“. What kind of image would you like to portray? Image is your identity, it’s you in the eyes of others.
To create a postive you need to put in extra effort as negative image or impressions are tough to correct.
The unforgiving thing about First Impression is that, once formed, they are imprinted on the brain practically forever, making them lasting Impression.
Once the first impressions are formed there are certain repercussions:
Confirmation of First Impression: Once the First Impression is formed, the person doen not take a neutral view to assess you, in fact they proceeds to validate the first impression already formed.
Self-fulfilling prophecy and lasting impression: This can be easily explained by Predicted Outcome Value Theory, introduced by Professor Michael Sunnafrank. According to him we determine the benefit of the relationship by predicting the value of future outcome, whether positive or negative. When we form positive first Impression of the person, we are more open to the person and if it’s negative we give no chance for the relationship to form.
Mirror Effect: Mirror effect brought by our brain’s Mirror Neurons. These neurons are behind our instinctive action where we mirror the mood of the person or crowd in front of us.
Comprehensive Impression: Having positive or negative impression of a person in one area influence one’s opinion or feelings in other areas.
Therefore many a times people do get carried away by thin slices of us in remotely related situations and it is for us to be more cautious about such First Impressions.
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