We may not like to admit it, but we still sometimes wonder how much someone likes us and if we are loved. Especially with first impressions. The researchers looked at which qualities elicited more sympathy for the first acquaintance. And ‘wanting’ isn’t that hard.
Research on First Impression Like
In their research, researchers Michael Dufner and Saska Krause explain that people quickly judge each other during an introduction process. According to them, the extent to which we like or like someone is an important factor in the development of a relationship. But now the question is: When do we love someone?
Their research found that two types of behavior lead to popularity on the first meeting:
- Agent behavior – Where one hopes to gain respect or admiration. You may identify as dominant or assertive behavior.
- General behavior – Someone trying to establish a trusting and supportive bond. You can recognize warm, welcoming and friendly behavior.
Fame or relationship and friendship
The researchers observed several introductory conversations and concluded two specific types of empathy.
- Popularity is the extent to which a person is liked by others.
- Individual desirability is the degree to which a person is particularly liked by a particular person.
According to the researchers, no one form of empathy is better than the other. This is because popularity indicates that one is socially accepted and respected in one’s group. Personal empathy can define relationships and friendships.
From the above findings, the researchers drew their conclusions. For example, it turns out that agentic behavior (trust and dominance) and communal behavior (warm and friendly) lead to popularity. But when it comes to personal sympathy (regarding the individual), often communal behavior is respected and considered ‘I love you’.
That’s a lot of material, but Travers summarizes the psychological findings again. Do you want to make a good first impression? According to researchers, keeping it simple is best. “Common behaviors like friendliness, helpfulness, or warmth have positive effects on being liked everywhere. Conversely, agentic behavior (dominance, impressing others) can backfire. So, be nice, and the outcome is often positive,” said Travers. Lying is not considered good manners. Do you already know this trick that allows you to identify a possible lie?
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