Contrary to the notion that “you can’t judge a book by its cover“, research has found that social judgments can be accurate when based on thin slices of behavior or even a single photograph of someone’s face. On the other hand, it’s true that there’s never a second chance to make a first impression, because first impressions tend to guide and influence later impressions.
So what it takes to make an impression,
- 4 Seconds – enough to make a first impression
- 4 Minutes – enough to make a lasting impression
It is good to be aware that you are influenced by the first impression when you meet people later.
Be mindful about the effect of “Confirmation bias” on our thinking pattern. Our mind is tuned to validate the first impression!