June 25, 2006

First Impressions...

First Impressions are last impressions, they say, but what is also true about first impressions is that, sometimes, more often than we would like them to be, they can be misleading. Like a book should not be judged by its cover, a person should not be judged on the way he looks.

That is easy to say but when you go to a bookshop and have to buy a book, you have got less than thirty minutes to pick a book to buy. In those thirty minutes you are going to go through a number of titles, only looking at the covers or maybe the first and the last page. If that is good, you will buy it. It is not without reason that publishers hire designers and spend a lot of time, effort, and money in designing the cover of a book.

The same goes with people. If you have only 15 minutes to meet a person, then the easiest and the most convenient way to judge him are the first impressions. The way a person looks, talks and carries oneself. However much we would like to believe that we are people who don’t go by first impressions, our brain does the hard work before we realize it and sometimes we already know if we like this person or not without a single word being said on either of our part.

There’s nothing wrong with that. More often than not, it can be said that someone who takes his time to groom himself and make sure that he gives out a good first impression is a person who will show such care and pay attention to all things in life. The only problem is that some people know the power of first impressions and can misuse it. Therefore, it is important that we be very careful about letting first impressions be the last impressions without ignoring them at the same time.


4 comments:

Jayashree Bhat said...

True, very true... First impressions can be lasting and yet the person could be quite different to what you think...It's a good argument that a person who bothers about his first impression may pay attention to everything in his life the same way, something I hadn't thought about...

Avi said...

Well, I believe first impressions are not always right. Humans inherently are unique and exceptionally intricate. Nothing concerning human beings is absolute. Everyting is relative. 'One Man's Terrorist, is another man's Patriot'
So extreme care is to be given while we decide what impression we will keep of a person - Just the First one or the Right one.... !!!
Difcult.....but probably worth trying

kathy martin said...

Wow,
Great analogy, first impressions are very tricky, someone brought that to my attention once,he thought I was about something else when he gave me a second chance he was glad,I was not how he thought I was at all. Great blog.
Kathy Hamilton/simikathy.com

Anonymous said...

sometime last impression is
very good then the first impression

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