First and lasting impressions

@raychill (6530)
United States
July 23, 2007 8:59am CST
How long does it take you to make your first impression? Is that also your lasting impression? If not, how long does it take to reach the lasting impression? I've always considered myself a pretty good judge of character. I've yet to befriend or date a serial killer or rapist or really horrendous/annoying people. I also fully believe in and trust in the concept of "First impression is the last impression" that the first impression will make you or break you. I give people chances don't get me wrong but no one has ever given me a bad first impression and recovered from it later. I gain my first impression within the first 5 to 10 minutes of meeting people also. I can tell whether they seem like good people I want to get to know or people that are just ok to see once in a while but not on a frequent basis and/or whether they are just someone I want absolutely nothing to do with. How about you?
3 responses
• United States
24 Jul 07
That really is the same way I am. It would take a LOT to change my mind about you after that first meeting.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
24 Jul 07
A good friend of mine always tries to doubt my ability to judge people. She's yet to actually see me be wrong. She started dating a guy and I was like "you know I need to meet him" after I met him I didn't like him. She knew this, still dated him because of course my opinion shouldn't stop her from dating someone. But it ended up not working out and her reasons for breaking it off? Everything that I told her was wrong with him and she didn't even realize it! Not to say I never end up befriending or dating the wrong person myself, but no one's perfect!
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• United States
25 Jul 07
LOL - I know what you mean. Maybe one day your friend will come around. I got a sister like that. She has to learn everything on her own yet she swears she truly values my opinion/advice.
• Malaysia
25 Jul 07
First impression is only practical if you do not have a contant and close connection with the person. For example if you are a public figure, you surely want to make a good first impression when you face the public every time. But if it is person whom who will be with for the rest of life, first impression is only done as a first step to get closer. After that, the other person will know your real habit no matter how hard you try to conceal it. So to me it is better to be yourself and portray good nature always. That's the best first impression for a person.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
25 Jul 07
Well I disagree about the first impression only being practical if... because I think no matter who they are you get a first impression. however, it is always best to portray yourself in your TRUE nature always... because good nature isn't always true.
@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
23 Jul 07
I make my first impression right away, but no I rarely stay with that impression, I tend not to like people when I first meet them :-D
@raychill (6530)
• United States
23 Jul 07
are there any reasons you don't like people right away? or just because you're not a people person until you really get to know them?