The camera never lies, first impressions don’t deceive

Monday, 9 November, 2009

Even in photos where people have posed – put on a face or faked a smile – observers were still able to accurately, for the most part, discern a number of the subject’s personality traits.

Even when viewing the targets in the controlled pose, the observers could accurately judge some major personality traits, including extraversion and self-esteem. But most traits were hard to detect under these conditions. When observers saw naturally expressive behavior (such as a smiling expression or energetic stance), their judgments were accurate for nine of the 10 personality traits. The 10 traits were extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, openness, likability, self-esteem, loneliness, religiosity and political orientation.

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90 percent of a bad impression

Thursday, 5 February, 2009

When it comes to taking on work, if it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it:

Nine times out of ten, the first impression someone gives you is exactly who they are. We choose not to see it because we need the money, or we want the situation to be different. But if someone rubs you the wrong way at the first meeting, chances are, it’s only going to get worse.

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