I think we make these sorts of ‘instant judgements’ hundreds, perhaps thousands of times a day.
I hope that my conduct, expression & demeanour are sufficient to help people make a reasonable first judgement so that I get chance to build on it.
Perhaps all too often we don’t get chance to change others’ first impression of us & others don’t get chance to change our first impressions of them either.
Only an instant of time that can have a huge impact in the longer term.
What do others see when they meet me for the first time? You know, sometimes I’m afraid to answer that question!
We won’t get it right every time but maybe we need to develop a habit where we cut people a bit more slack before we make our ‘first impression judgements’ .. which can be & often are, wrong 🙂
(For those of you interested in the photo of beardie above … she was neither: she was basking under a heat lamp: her open mouth & flared beard are good methods of cooling apparently)