Blog about THE FIRST IMPRESSION - SCIENCE BEHIND FACTS
Posted on November 08 2018
You never get a SECOND chance to make a FIRST impression!
"It is scientifically proven that it takes just one-tenth of a second for us to judge someone and make a first impression. 93% of that first impression will be based purely on the image you project.
What does this first impression say about your company or You as the one who represents Your own potential?
We make decisions relying mostly on visual information. All personnel interfacing with customers and executives need to reflect the corporate brand image accurately. The company’s projected image is very important. This is what people will notice first andremember.
The old advice to dress for the job you want, not the job you have, may have roots in more than simply how others perceive you—many studies show that the clothes you wear can affect your mental and physical performance.
Although such findings are mostly from small studies in the laboratory that have not yet been replicated or investigated in the real world, a growing body of research suggests that there is something biological happening when we put on a snazzy outfit and feel like a new person.
If you want to be a big-ideas person at work, suit up!
A paper in August 2015 in Social Psychological and Personality Science asked subjects to change into formal or casual clothing before cognitive tests. Wearing formal business attire increased abstract thinking—an important aspect of creativity and long-term strategizing. The experiments suggest the effect is related to feelings of power.
"I can concentrate only in heels" - Victoria Beckham
CELEBRITY STYLE ICON'S QUOTE IS TRUE TO SCIENCE FACTS
Informal clothing may hurt in negotiations.
In a study reported in December 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, male subjects wore their usual duds or were placed in a suit or in sweats. Then they engaged in a game that involved negotiating with a partner. Those who dressed up obtained more profitable deals than the other two groups, and those who dressed down had lower testosterone levels.
In research published in July 2012 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects made half as many mistakes on an attention-demanding task when wearing a white lab coat. On another attention task, those told their lab coat was a doctor's coat performed better than either those who were told it was a painter's smock or those who merely saw a doctor's coat on display. Trying too hard to look sharp can backfire. When women donned expensive sunglasses and were told the specs were counterfeit, as opposed to when they thought they were real, they cheated more often on lab experiments with cash payouts. Fake sunglasses also seemed to make women see others' behavior as suspect. Authors of the study, published in May 2010 in Psychological Science, theorize that counterfeit glasses increase unethical behavior by making their wearers feel less authentic as published by Matthew Hutson on ScientificAmerican.com.
Inspired by findings that winning combat fighters in the 2004 Olympics had worn red more often than blue, researchers investigated the physiological effects of wearing these colors. As reported in February 2013 in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, they paired 28 male athletes of similar age and size, who competed against one another once while wearing a red jersey and again while wearing blue. Compared with fighters in blue, those wearing red were able to lift a heavier weight before the match and had higher heart rates during the match—but they were not more likely to be victorious as per Tori Rodriguez, ScientificAmerican.com
We judge others based on their clothes.
In general, studies that investigate these judgments find that people prefer clothing that matches expectations—surgeons in scrubs, little boys in blue—with one notable exception. A series of studies published in an article in June 2014 in the Journal of Consumer Research explored observers' reactions to people who broke established norms only slightly. In one scenario, a man at a black-tie affair was viewed as having higher status and competence when wearing a red bow tie.
The researchers also found that valuing uniqueness increased audience members' ratings of the status and competence of a professor who wore red Converse sneakers while giving a lecture.
You are what You wear
You are what You wear in other people's eyes. You will be a firefighter if you wear a firefighter's hat. You are a creative or you can be young or even immature if you wear Converse sneakers in the eyes of others. You are successful if You wear a nice power suit. That is the image You create. Never underestimate the power of the wardrobe and build it successful from scratch.