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04 Impression Formation

04 Impression Formation - Study Question#4 Person C...

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Study Question #4: Person C recently took a job as a computer programmer. Since his success depends on how well he meets his supervisor’s expectations, he is eager to form an accurate impression of her. Use information from class and the text to discuss how he would go about forming an overall impression of his boss and the factors that would affect the accuracy of his impression. First Impression: Explain what impression formation is (an integration of information from someone taken from experience that is unified to make a consistent over-all impression of them, which is updated regularly through new experiences) This impression remains semi-consistent because we like to have steady views of other, good people being purely good people and visa-versa. This can even lead to us to ignore or rationalize another’s behavior if it goes against our initial impressions of them (evaluative consistency). However, if the contradictory behavior continues then our impression of them is likely to change, since, as was stated, impression formations tend to evolve with experience. [Example] Looking for the big 3 central traits (warm/cold, smart/dumb, strong/weak) These big 3 central traits will shape how he sees her other traits [Example – how one of the big three might influence how he sees another one of her characteristics] [Accuracy] These big 3 traits usually form pretty accurate impressions of people in a very short time. Studies show that the majority of the time people can accurately gauge where an individual is on the big 5 personality traits within seconds of seeing them. Big 3 will infer other attributes through a process called implicit personality theory. Implicit personality theory says that we all form naïve ideas about what personality traits go together. This tends to make people think that good traits go together with other good traits and visa versa. For example, if I hear that someone cold and weak, I’m probably going to think that they’re a little dumb too, but if I hear that someone is warm and strong, Ill probably think that they are also smart. So, judging from what this employee seeing in accordance with the big 3 traits, he will infer other traits that he think his boss will have.
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