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How to Make Someone Like You Before They Even Meet You

How to Make Someone Like You Before They Even Meet You
From Lifehack - January 2, 2018

As humans, first impressions are very important. While weve heard that someone makes their first assumptions of you in the first 60 seconds of meeting, latest research by psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov from Princeton University have found its much much quicker than that. In fact its thought to happen within a tenth of a second.As humans, first impressions are very important. While weve heard that someone makes their first assumptions of you in the first 60 seconds of meeting, latest research by psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov from Princeton University have found its much much quicker than that. In fact its thought to happen within a tenth of a second.

In other words, its our facial appearance that will make or break a first impression with our brains instinctively looking for likeability, competence, trustworthiness, and aggressiveness.1

So can a negative first impression in that valuable blink of an eye be reversed?

We All Judge and Make Assumptions

We dont make judgements out of spite. Its the human instinct to survive that causes us to make a decision to judge in order to decide if a particular person is worth keeping around or not, as quickly as possible.

There are a couple of things going on in the brain here: our lack of relevant memories we hold with a new person causes the brain to compensate for the lack of information. It therefore tries to make connections through what we see and hear together with past experiences. This is the survival mode kicking in that helps us make that decision on whether its someone worth meeting again and weighs up the value of the person to us.

What Can Influence Peoples Perception?

You may think what you see is a big factor in first impressions and, of course, it is. But have you ever formed an opinion of someone youve never met just by listening to someone elses opinions of them? This is because the brain tends to make up stories or imagine information strongly based on our deep-rooted thoughts and beliefs.

Override The First Impression Bias

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