“What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments in which we knew them and they have changed since then. Every moment we are meeting a stranger.” -T. S. Eliot

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COMMENT: The image above is from a study where researchers digitally morphed faces and asked participants to rate them. The left version was seen as significantly more introverted. Countless studies in social psychology suggest that if others see you as more introverted you will actually start to act more introverted in response. Further, this begins as early as kindergarten, when teachers have been found to view physically attractive students as more competent, extroverted, and less at fault in disciplinary situations. These perceptions become self-fulfilling prophecies. Thus, T. S. Eliot is correct that others are constantly changing, but part of the reason for this might be that they are unconsciously trying to conform with your perceptions of them. What aspects of your own personality might have developed in response to other people’s perceptions of you?

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