Individuals get an instant impression of complete strangers just by looking at them. Most people do that. Moreover, they believe that "the first impression is the last impression". Are you interested in finding out what factors you are judged on?
In this article you will find an answer. We would like to tell you about Amy Cuddy's fifteen years of research to shed some light on the main criteria that affect people when they met a stranger. It's very interesting, isn't it?
Amy Cuddy is a professor from Harvard Business School, who wrote a book “Presence” where she explained a set pattern of first impressions. This article can be interesting for people applying for a job who want make a good impression on the new boss. Scroll down to read more about this research.
The study process
When you see someone for the first time, they ask themselves two main questions:
-Is it possible to trust this person?
-Does this person deserve respect?
People are trying to understand whether you are a good person or a good specialist. Sometimes people want to be both, but it depends on the situation you are in. Professor Cuddy says that although most people want to appear more competent, it is actually more important to appear more trustworthy.
"Evolutionarily speaking, it is more important to our survival to surround yourself with people you can trust," Cuddy adds. No doubt, competence is an important skill, but it can be estimated only after trust is earned.
Professor Cuddy says: “If you are trying to influence someone who does not trust you, you might even provoke suspicion because you show yourself as a manipulative person. You should build a trusting and strong relationship before you show your strong points”.
You should remember these tips every time you meet someone for the first time. You should act in a open and kind way to earn trust and make a good first impression.
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