TOEFL Essay Topic 121 - Some people trust their first impressions about a person`s character because they believe these judgments are generally correct. Other people do not judge a person`s character quickly because they believe first impressions are often wrong. Compare these two attitudes. Which attitude do you agree with? Support your choice with specific examples.
First impressions are very important because they weigh a lot in most people`s judgments. Sometimes if a person shows bad
First impressions are very important because they weigh a lot in most people`s judgments. Sometimes if a person shows bad first impression, he or she may fail to get a date, a job or a university admission. I will not, though, judge a person`s character so quickly for several reasons.
First reason is that peoples behaviors and appearance change. When you see a person in different situation, you will get a different impression of him or her. For example, you may see your serious boss drinking and singing in a bar. If you first met your boss in that bar, you would have thought that he was not a boss that can handle a large company. And if you met him or her at the office the other day, you would have thought you just met a different person.
Another reason is that though some people can adjust their roles and appearance in different situation smoothly, others cannot. Some people are shy so they become nervous when you first meet them, and then they may look like they are arrogant. When I first met my friend Judy, I thought she is inhospitable. She did not smile and just said several words when we were talking. But when I knew her longer, I knew that she was really a person who liked to help the others. And she was just shy and did not know how to talk with a stranger.
Furthermore, since many people believe in the first impression, some people will use it for cheating. There are some cases reported by newspapers that some defrauders act and appear like decent people to defraud other people of money. Another example is that there is some training for interview. If a person pay to have interview training, he may get a higher interview score but, in fact, that person is no different.
However, First impression is very important for us since many people judge people this way. So you have to pay attention to your first impression to others especially in some important situation. But if it is we to judge other people, I believe that to judge others gradually is a right way.