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First Impression Is The Last Impression

Do you think that a first impression is the last impression? Why?

Do you think that a first impression is the last impression? Why?

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First impressions are important, but they are not everything. Whether the initial impression is good or bad, knowing a person is what forms an opinion. Day to day interaction, choices you make and personality are more important. A good or bad first impression can be quickly eviscerated by these.

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I do not think that a first impression is the lasting one. I have met people in my life when at first they seem to be very shy and timid. After getting to know them, I found it just wasn't the case. I think it could be wrong to judge someone based on the first meeting. You never know what that person could be experiencing at that particular moment. People are very complex.

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I think if anyone goes by the premise that the first is the last then the person is limiting the process of getting to know humans, as complex as we are. I know that 've caught myself judging people from what I perceive and then proving myself wrong. Also, some people are prone to judge others based on their own prejudices not even letting the person take a shot at giving the right impression. Its all in the eye of the beholder.

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If a strong negative first impression is made, it can be difficult to replace. It takes commitment on the part of the sender and the receiver to reexamine the situation in light of later events that unfold in the relationship, if a relationship does develop. If a relationship does NOT develop, then I think it is nearly impossible for a strong negative first impression to be changed.

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Certainly, the previous posts have explored this notion quite completely.  I think that something might have to be commented on is the idea of how we, as a society, do place an emphasis on first impressions and if this right.  If we examine the thought process of discrimination, it is primarily based on first impressions.  It seems that there should be some level of social reconfiguration of understanding how our first impressions are always going to be there, but ensuring that a process of reflection to make sure that our first impressions do not constitute the whole of judgment on a person is a critical piece that should be undertaken by as many as possible.

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I agree with Post #3.  The longer you know someone, the more opportunities you have to change your perception of that person (and vice versa).  However, if the first impression is a particularly unpleasant one, it is extremely difficult to completely erase that impression.  It is rather like putting your footprint or handprint in wet cement.  After the cement is dry, you aren't likely to smooth the edges or change the shape of those imprints.

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First impressions are last impressions--when time proves that they were accurate to begin with....

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I will not say that first impression is the last impression, but it is very true that it is rather difficult to change the first impression. First impression is like a picture drawn on a clean slate. If subsequent impression change this first impression rather than reinforce it, then first the original impression need to be erased or obliterated. This process of erasing impressions already formed, are more difficult than forming new impression. Some faint lines of old impression remain even when these have been apparently erased. It is this difficulty in erasing old impressions that makes prejudices so difficult to counter.

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