There’s A Scientific Reason Behind Why You Shouldn’t Worry So Much About First Impressions
Whether it’s a job interview, first date, or first day at school as a society we bank a lot on that first impression. The idea of making a bad first impression can cause a lot of stress, worry, and overthinking. Although it’s time to keep those worries for another day because a new study has shown you’ve been worrying about nothing.
It’s All About Perception
Scientists recently conducted a study based upon first impressions by comparing how people viewed themselves in the situation versus how the person they met viewed them. The result was all about the person’s perception of the situation.
The internal feelings of each individual did not actually reflect the feelings of the person they were meeting proving that it isn’t always as bad as you think. Instead, each participant liked the other individual and their first encounter more than they personally thought of themselves.
The Art of Conversation
In the world of digital technology sometimes the appreciation of a good old fashioned quality conversation is lost. However, when it comes to first impressions scientists found it is key.
The more conversation that occurred, and the more each party got to know each other, the better the impression. So ask questions, talk a little about yourself, and truly listen to what the other person is saying. Instagram will still be there when you’re done – promise!
The “Liking Gap”
The results of the study showed that in reality, we are a lot harder on ourselves than we need to be. Known as “self-protectively pessimistic”, we as humans prepare ourselves for a bad first impression as a defense mechanism.
The truth of the matter is this, while sometimes things do not go as smoothly as we want it is almost always worse in our minds than those we meet. So next time you have to make a first impression brush aside those insecurities and enjoy your new experience.
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