From the moment you walk into a room or meet someone one on one, you’re being sized up and judged.
Some researchers speculate that the human brain is hardwired to judge so it can evaluate and interpret important information.
We often form complete opinions about people based on quick impressions of their appearance, actions and communication. It’s such an automatic response that most of the time we don’t even realize we’re doing it.
Here are 12 ways you may be unconsciously influencing what people think of you:.
1. HOW YOU STATE YOUR OPINIONS.
How you say what you think says a lot about how you feel about yourself and how you treat others. Are you overbearing? Do you leave room for other perspectives? Do you listen as well as speak?
2. HOW OFTEN YOU CHECK YOUR PHONE.
There are few things more irritating or frustrating than someone sneaking looks at their phone mid-conversation. Unless the circumstances are extraordinary and you’ve explained them in advance–“I’m sorry, my child has been sick so I’m keeping an eye on my messages”–doing so conveys disrespect and impoliteness.