All About First Impressions

We're built to size each other up quickly. Even if we're presented with lots of evidence to the contrary, we're attached to our initial impressions of people—which is why you should be aware of the impression you make on others. Luckily there are simple guidelines for wowing new acquaintances.

Recent posts on First Impressions

6 Ways to Make a Bad First Impression

First impressions can become last impressions if you’re not careful. These 6 common mistakes can prevent people from getting to know who you really are.

Faking It: Dissimulation, Dishonesty and Lying at Work

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in A Sideways View
Rather than punish people for faking certain responses should we not reward them? Does it only depend on what, where and why we fake?

Do Women Prefer Men With Beards?

Does a beard help a guy get noticed? Is a little stubble really sexy? Should he skip a shave or two? Research has the answers.

How I Became Friends With the Dalai Lama

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in Face It!
A friendship with the Dalai Lama is no small matter, even when you're a world renowned psychologist.

The GOP, Convention Turn Taking, and the Primacy Effect

When voters watch competing messages during both conventions, political turn-taking can benefit the party who goes first. This is true even when controlling for partisan bias.

Did the GOP Unconventional Convention Change Your Vote?

In politics, the impact of an initial positive impression endures—even in the face of subsequent negative attacks. The GOP convention may particularly impact partisan voters.

#What Lives Matter?

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 16, 2016 in Minority Report
By now you've seen the war of words between #Black Lives Matter and #All Lives Matter. So what's wrong with saying, "All lives matter"?

Want to Be Liked? Check Two Things Before Clicking SEND

Want people to like you when you correspond with them via email? Pay attention to these two factors. One or two moments of checking can have huge impact.

Standing Out in a Crowd by Marketing Yourself

How do you make sure that you stand out from everyone else? The answer often comes down to marketing.

Toward a Photo Finish: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Votes

A picture is worth a thousand votes. Candidate photos are an integral part of elections because viewers are voters. When casting their ballot, citizens both look and listen.
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Do Men and Women Lead Differently?

Can you tell a male brain and a female brain apart just by looking? How about a male leader's brain from a female leader's brain?

The Quest for Self-Forgiveness

Encumbered a lifetime with a sense of inexplicable guilt.

Sleeping While Black

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 14, 2016 in Minority Report
If you're black, you're more likely to get your request rejected by a potential host on Airbnb because of your race. A Harvard study found widespread discrimination against blacks
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

The Complexity of Parental Questions for Adolescents

When it comes to asking the teenager questions, the intention of the parent can be quite different than the interpretation of the adolescent. So, proceed with care.

4 Tips to Attract Someone New (and Still Be Yourself)

Should you behave in the most persuasive and attractive way, or be more authentic? Is there a way to balance the two?

Two Steps Toward Intercultural Competence

Interacting successfully with people who are culturally different is rarely easy. Insights from cross-cultural psychology can help.

What the 5 Major Personality Traits Mean for You

How well do you understand your personality?

Chirality: A Look at Emotional Asymmetry of The Face

By Joe Navarro M.A. on May 21, 2016 in Spycatcher
The face sometimes reveals multiple emotions at once—here is a look at emotional asymmetry of the face.

Making a Good Impression Depends on Who You Want to Impress

If you had your choice, would you rather seem warm and caring or knowledgeable and intelligent? To pick the best strategy, consider who it is you’re trying to impress.

Does Talking to Attractive Women Make Men Dumber?

If women value intelligent mates, why do men become less intelligent when talking to beautiful women?

5 Reasons to Treat Dating Like an Internship

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 06, 2016 in Full Living
Take full advantage of the exploratory, temporary nature of dating.

Watch Your Language!

Just what is your choice of language telling yourself and others?

How Dogs Help Men in the Dating Market

What makes dog owners more attractive romantic partners?

New Graduates: Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes in Your Next Job

By Keith Rollag Ph.D. on April 10, 2016 in Being Good at Being New
Research shows new graduates often make five bad assumptions about getting up-to-speed in their new job that actually undermine their ultimate success. Here's how to avoid them.

Men's Top-Dog Power Gestures Make Them Seem Untrustworthy

By Rebecca Coffey on April 05, 2016 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
In a new study, male speakers making lots of wide-reaching arm gestures (like Trump's) were generally seen as dominant. But they were also seen as fakers.

Is This the Secret to Attraction?

By Garth Sundem on April 02, 2016 in Brain Trust
Want to be attractive on a first date or on Tinder? "People who are seen in expansive, open nonverbal displays enjoy increases in others’ romantic attraction," writes a new study.

First Impressions Are Key in the Hiring Process

By Victor Lipman on March 31, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
In a new study, 80% of respondents said they’d take one job over another based on emotional connections formed in interviews.

The Great Myth of White, Female Killers

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on March 28, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
Much of the general public’s knowledge concerning homicide is a product of stylized and incorrect depictions of such events in the news and entertainment media.

Study: Women Should Probably Make the First Move More Often

Need a reason to make the first move, ladies? Your chances of success are higher than those of men.
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What Does It Mean to Be Compatible?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on March 06, 2016 in Fixing Families
It's easy to be nice and accommodating when dating, but dating is about finding out if you are truly compatible. Here are the 6 big issues you'll want to discuss and focus on