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How important is physical-looks when trying to make a good first impression?

For many people, first impressions are a source of anxiety ...ESPECIALLY people who question their looks or have self image problems.

Maybe you feel this way right now?

And if you do, one of the main reasons for this is that you probably don't have a full grasp of the psychology behind first impressions. Numerous experiments have been carried out which have shown that people’s actual physical appearance only ONE of a number of factors that influence their impression on others.

In this article we will explore some first impression psychology experiments that will help you better understand how impressions are formed. These will free you from over analyzing your looks and other incorrect assumptions about what is important to make a positive first impression.

4 Key Experiments On The Psychology Of First Impressions

First, it’s important to understand self image problems and be sure you have an accurate picture of yourself. Do you see yourself the way others see you? ...Or have you formed some distorted and negative perception of yourself?

  • EXPERIMENT #1: In one experiment, groups of people were asked to evaluate the attractiveness of others. Some groups were placed in normally heated rooms ...while other groups were placed in rooms that were uncomfortably hot. It was found that the groups who performed this evaluation in a room that was uncomfortably hot tended to evaluate people in a less favorable way. What does this tell us about first impression psychology? Read on to find out!
  • EXPERIMENT #2: In another experiment, it was found that when someone sits at the head of a table, people unconsciously perceive him as more in control, more charismatic and even more sexually appealing.
  • EXPERIMENT #3: In yet another experiment about first impressions, a group of people were tested to see how well people formed impressions of them. Some of the people in the group were asked to keep their hands by their sides during the experiment ...while others were asked to make open and natural gestures with their hands while their were being evaluated by the outside people. It turned out that the people in the group who made open gestures with their body during the evaluation of their attractiveness ...were rated as more attractive by the evaluators. 
  • EXPERIMENT #4: A fourth experiment focused on the effect clothes have on the person being evaluated. It was found that people who were well dressed tended to receive more help when making requests from strangers. It was also found that men found a test woman more attractive when she wore red.

What do these experiments show? They show that the outcome of a first impression depends on a whole host of factors and the context they happen in, not on looks alone!

They show that the first impression people form of you varies greatly with the situation, your clothes, your body language, your mood, your posture, and more.

Add-In The Persons Own Psychological Make Up...

In reality, people’s perceptions of others is often influenced by their own psychological makeup. If someone is seeking approval, they may find someone who smiles and uses open body language more attractive. 

Conversely, someone who suffers from low self-esteem may resent you for acting confident and outgoing. In the end they may even devalue you as a result. 

The lesson to learn here is to relax.

There are a number of factors that feed into someone’s first impression of you. Many of which you can not control ...PERIOD. Don’t fret over your body style or the size of your ears, it’s not worth it.