A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time


People who we meet for the first time decide whether they like us or not, as well as which things we are capable of, even before we start to speak. It happens subconsciously, sometimes in less than a second. It’s this first impression that is so hard to change later.

We at Bright Side found out what conclusions people make about each other within the first seconds of meeting. Keep this information in mind because it can help you impress your new acquaintances.

1. Can people trust you?

A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time

The conclusion is simple: your new friend subconsciously decides whether he will trust you or not before you say a word.

2. How available are you?

A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time

We don’t have very pleasant news for tattoo lovers. A graduate psychology major at the University of Texas, Lisa Oakes, came to the conclusion that women with tattoos are perceived as more accessible and prone to a frequent change of partners and occasional sex. However, tattooed men are perceived differently.

Here is how Kayla Hylton, an employee of a tattoo parlor, commented  on the results of the research (the photos of Kayla’s tattoos were part of the experiment): “In my opinion, tattoos are a really big commitment. If you are able to commit to having something on you for the rest of your life, I don’t see a problem committing to someone else for the rest of your life.” That sounds fair. Nevertheless, we should admit that stereotypes in society are quite strong and sometimes it’s better to hide your tattoos under clothes, especially if you want to make a good impression on someone.

3. How prone are you to leadership?

A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time

This effect relates only to completely bald men. Those who have partially started to lose hair are out of this group. So if a man with bald patches wants to appear more dominant, he should shave his head completely.

4. How successful are you?

A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time

Surprisingly, women in short skirts and blouses with deep cuts are perceived as employees with a lower status more so than ladies that follow the dress-code and wear more conservative clothing. Scientists attribute this to the fact that more conservative body language has historically been associated with power. The representatives of ruling structures have always worn modest clothes.

5. How confident are you?

A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time

A strong, palm-gripping handshake is perceived as a sign of aggression, a desire to dominate, and hints at the fact that you are a dangerous competitor. A handshake that is too weak is a signal that you aren’t interested in communication and that you are weak-willed. A handshake that is too quick signals that you want to finish it ASAP and denotes nervousness and self-doubt. If you want to show your unique attitude and gain trust, shake the hand of your opponent with both hands. They will remember you as a pleasant and honest person.

6. How conscientious are you?

A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time

Shoes can tell a lot about our age, social status, level of income, and even emotional stability. This fact was discovered during a scientific experiment at the University of Kansas. Psychologists handed out photos of 208 pairs of shoes to 63 students and asked them to form conclusions about the people who wear them. The interviewed were sure that classic and clean shoes (even if they were not new) say that the owner is conscientious and responsible. Stylish and expensive shoes show status and stability. Bright and unusual shoes, according to the participants, belong to extroverts. If the shoes were new, ultra-trendy or puffy, it was said to be a signal that you could be suffering from anxiety, a strong wish to impress others and an obsession with the way you look.

7. How adventurous are you?

A Set of Conclusions People Jump to When They See You for the First Time

Not only do people evaluate your appearance but also the way you move. Researchers at Durham University conducted the following experiment — the students watched videos where the way a person walked was the only thing that could be seen and they were asked to identify personal traits.

According to the participants, an energetic and firm manner of walking denotes extroversion, propensity to want to adventure, and purposefulness. These people always get what they want but sometimes they might seem cold and inaccessible. So, if you usually walk at a fast pace, it’s better to slow a little down and adjust to the pace of the person you are with.

People with a slower and difficult manner of walking that keep slouching all the time are perceived as reserved, passive, and shy. Those who have a jerky manner of walking show their nervousness. So, if you want to impress someone, keep your shoulders broad, and walk straight and confidently.

Surprisingly, conclusions people make within the first seconds of their meeting can be wrong. A person who walks at a slow pace doesn’t necessarily love traveling less than the one with a quick walking pace. Nevertheless, keep in mind those signals that your body and appearance subconsciously send to your partner when getting ready for an important meeting.

Are your first impressions about people usually right or wrong? What do you usually pay attention to when meeting a person for the first time? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here