A short video I saw a few minutes ago on msn.com provided info from a study about what makes people immediately likeable. You know, that all-important first impression that takes place within the first one-tenth of a second of encountering someone.
I was surprised by the results.
According to the video, the part of our brains that registers fear responds more favorably to people who do NOT wear glasses. Plus, those who do wear glasses are evidently more likeable if their specs are rim free.
Also, folks who wear clothing with visible name brands are nine percent more likely to be hired for a job. Heck, their doctors will even spend more time with them during a check-up.
Scent plays a role as well.
Someone with the barely perceptible aroma of fresh lemon is apparently more “likely” (sorry, I couldn’t resist) to be immediately liked and trusted than those without a discernible scent.
By the same token, I’m sure it goes without saying that someone who smells badly or who has poured on enough cologne to make small dogs faint drops into negative figures on the likeability scale.
Now that you’re armed with this knowledge please, please, please use it for good rather than evil.
I beg of you, don’t spritz yourself with that wedge of lemon from your iced tea before whipping off your glasses and prancing out to your newly acquired used car lot in your Juicy Couture yoga pants to sell an old clunker.
Karma is sure to NOT like you if you do.
And let’s face it, wearing a shirt emblazoned with the name of the prison where you’ve been incarcerated for taking advantage of people who immediately trusted you will NOT make you more likeable to anyone. . . except for maybe your new cellmate.
HOW ABOUT YOU, WHAT MAKES YOU LIKE OR TRUST SOMEONE YOU’VE JUST MET? DO CAR BUMPER STICKERS DETERMINE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT A DRIVER? WHAT ABOUT THE WAY THEY SIGN OFF ON THEIR EMAIL? A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.