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the main reason we are still friends to this day.Controlled thinking is defined as thinking that isconscious, intentional, voluntary, and effortful (Aronson,Wilson, Sommers 2016). I tend to engage more so incontrolled thinking when it comes to dealing with peopleand I am told often that I am reserved. I told myself that Iwanted to be her friend and get to know her because ofmy first impression and it turns out I was right in myassumption. We did everything together including goingto church together throughout our life.
My culture and background has influenced myimpression of others. I was raised in a home whereChristianity was our faith and my mother was very strictand had expectations of us. We were taught to berespectful and conduct ourselves in a manner where wemade good decisions or least we were expected to. So Itend to look for those values in every person I encounterand if I don’t get a good feeling when I meet someone Idistance myself from them.
References:Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., & Sommers, S.(2016).Social psychology(9th ed.). New York, NY:Pearson.Boeree, C. G. (1999).Person perception. InSocialpsychology basics.