Business Insider tells us about eight judgments people make right after meeting you:
- If you're trustworthy
- If you're high status (based on clothing)
- If you're straight or gay
- If you're smart (based on eye contact, expressive speaking, and eye glasses)
- If you're promiscuous (based on tattoos)
- If you have a dominant personality (based on having a bald head)
- If you're successful (based on a man's suit)
- If you're adventurous (based on how you walk)
Business Insider identifies research institutions, but we don't see citations for further study. Each judgment seems to be based on one study, so I would be wary about drawing too many conclusions. Yet, we have plenty of research about quick impressions, particularly during job interviews.
- How are quick judgments helpful and harmful? They do serve a purpose, but what are the dangers?
- How does knowing about this research help you personally and professionally? For example, if you know that you make judgments with little information—knowingly or unknowingly—how can you ward against them?