Impact of a first impression

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The Impact of a First Impression It has commonly been stated that one is never given second chance to make a great first impression. Everyday we have numerous interactions, where opportunities come and go in an instant, like sliding doors opening and closing. Ideally, we want to seize these moments in a favorable way. It is of great importance to understand how our human behaviors effect the first impressions we give others. Importance of First Impressions By definition an impression is, “a characteristic, trait, or feature resulting from some influence” (Merriam-Webster Incorporated, 2013). During the brief moments a first impression is made, someone else has determined their initial opinions of you based a number of verbal and…show more content…
In the first situation with John, he was as an extrovert. I noticed he interacted with numerous people during his trip to purchase stationary. In analyzing my first impression of John, I believe he was in a good mood and truly enjoyed his day. John chose to speak with an acquaintance in the store, while he patiently waited for the clerk to become available. I perceive him as being someone who would be an engaging team member and positive representative of a company. In the second situation with John, he was described as an introvert. Upon leaving the office, he chose to forego the opportunity of talking with a girl he had interest in the night prior. My impression of introverted John is that he is either not a very happy person or he had a terrible day at work which left him in an antisocial mood. Furthermore, unless John was wearing a suit and it was an extremely hot day, I do not understand why he would not walk on the sunny side of the street. Lastly, John choosing to not speak with anyone at the bar leaves me to think he is just not very friendly. Since John seems more comfortable alone than that in social settings, I feel he might have difficulty finding success in the business world. I assume he would find it beneficial to work on his people skills. Reversing the Order In reversing the two situations about John, my opinion of him in each setting drastically changed. I now find
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