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The Science of Making a Good First Impression

It seems the old saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” may be true—at least according to recent research.

A bad first impression is hard to shake, according to a new study recently published in the journal Social Cognition. In five experiments that analyzed the “moral tipping point,” researchers concluded that “People require more evidence to perceive improvement than decline; it is apparently easier to become a sinner than a saint, despite exhibiting equivalent evidence for change.”

Once you’ve decided that someone is “bad,” it takes a lot of effort (and proof otherwise) to change your mind—more than it takes to decide that someone you previously believed to be a good person is actually bad.

This might be bad news for all of us currently shame-spiraling as we remember every single time we weren’t at our best when meeting someone new. The good news? Researchers have also spent plenty of time figuring out exactly what makes for a good first impression. So while you may not get a second chance to make a first impression, you may not even need one after following this advice:

Hey, eyes up here!

If you want to appear more intelligent, look your conversation partner in the eye. Those who are good at making (and keeping) eye contact are also perceived as more believable and earnest—as well as more confident and socially dominant.

Walk the walk

A tight gait can give the impression that you’re tightly wound, research suggests. If you want to appear extroverted and adventurous, focus on walking with a looser gait. (Interestingly, though perceptions were reliable, they weren’t accurate—those trait impressions didn’t match up with walkers’ self-reported traits.)

Express yourself

It’s not just what you say that matters; it’s how you say it. And saying it in an animated way can make you instantly more likable, researchers say. Scientists call it the “expressivity halo.” People who speak in an expressive manner tend to be liked more than people who are difficult to read, Professor Frank Bernieri of Oregon State University tellsThe Guardian. “Even if they’re expressing something such as irritation. Because we’re more confident in our reading of them, they’re less of a threat.”

Shake on it

A powerful handshake is a powerful thing, researchers say. “We found that it not only increases the positive effect toward a favorable interaction, but it also diminishes the impact of a negative impression,” researcher Sanda Dolcos explained in a University of Illinois press release.”Many of our social interactions may go wrong for a reason or another, and a simple handshake preceding them can give us a boost and attenuate the negative impact of possible misunderstandings.”

Think firm, confident and friendly—you don’t want to leave the recipient wincing in pain. In one study, men with strong handshakes (categorized by longer duration, strength and complete grip) were rated as more extroverted and less neurotic. Women with strong handshakes were rated as more liberal, intellectual and likable.

Have them at hello

How do you sound confident, even when you’re feeling anything but? Lower your tone of voice, make it less singsongy and use a greater range of loud and quiet volumes as you’re speaking.

Don’t dress to impress

Dress to match, instead. When you dress similarly to the person you’re meeting, you’ll seem warmer and more likable. No, we don’t suggest a wardrobe change every time you meet a new friend for drinks, but you may not want to bust out your power suit for an interview at a t-shirt-and-jeans office.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-science-of-making-a-good-first-impression.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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