According to recent research, people tend to form a first impression of a person in just 7 seconds of a meeting. Whether you are meeting a new boss, colleague, or potential buyer of your product, you have a limited amount of time to create a positive impression and favorable perception of you. Over this relatively short period, people form some important and specific judgments about your personal qualities, values, and level of success. Psychologists call this "thin-slicing", and the first impression formed during 9-10 seconds of the meeting is quite difficult to correct.
What influences your first impression?
So how does our subconscious ability to thin slice manifest when we first meet a new person and how does it affect our impression of them?
It is difficult to say exactly. But scientists have found that unconscious thinking is powerful enough to form the first image of someone fairly accurately.
In the 1990s, psychologist Nalini Ambady and her colleague Robert Rosenthal conducted a series of experiments comparing the ratings of professors compiled by College students at the end of the semester with the ratings of the same professors compiled by another group of students based only on three ten-second silent videos shown before actual classes.
The researchers found that the opinions of students from the first and second groups about each of the professors were generally the same. But more importantly, the first impression after watching a ten-second video without sound meant as much as the interaction over an entire semester.
The value of appearance
We all have unconscious biases that affect what we think of new acquaintances, but what's even more strange is that our appearance allows us to immediately determine what people think of us.
A recent study conducted at York University found that we associate certain facial features with personal qualities.
Another of the eight unconscious components of a person's first impression, which is formed during the first few seconds of an encounter, is usually influenced by a particular behavior and body language. This was confirmed in a study by Professor Albert Mehrabyan in 1971, and the conclusions of this study remain true to this day. As human beings, we tend to evaluate self-confidence based on the way a person walks and first comes into contact with other people. A person who walks with a straight body position and purpose