Perception is our sensory experience of our general surroundings and includes both the acknowledgment of natural jolts and action in response to these stimuli. Through the perceptual procedure, we pick up data about the properties and components of the situation that is necessary for our survival. Various factors work to shape and sometimes mutilate perception. These all factors collectively can reside either in the perceiver, the object or target that is being perceived or the context of the situation in which the perception is being made. Physical characteristics play an important role in our perception of others. I have listed five physical characteristics that have affected my perceptions of people.
One of the physical characteristics is the height of the targeted person which is being perceived. It is also a well-established fact that height influences the perceive the character of men, but very little evidence exists regarding the impact of height on the perception of women. However, in my past experiences, I have always perceived tall people as more intelligent, assertive, affluent, and ambitious than short ones. During my past experiences, people who are tall always seem to me talented and smart. There’s a strong association between intelligence and height, and it is evident from doctors as well that people will good health are taller and intelligent than others.
Another physical characteristic that influences my perception of people is the voice. Louder people are more likely to be noticed in a group than quiet ones. Apart from me, everyone notices people and concentrates on what they say as compared to other people. People who talk too fast are perceived as nervous and unsure by me. It is suggested by various doctors to have a low-pitched voice instead of a shrill voice while talking. People having low pitch voices seemed to be sensible and educated than other people. The tone of the voice indicates the mood of the person. Furthermore, the depth of conversation and choices of topics that are chosen by the target give clues about his intelligence.
Facial expressions played an essential part in perceiving others. I have always regarded people with grins look as a nerd and not friendly. However, just a smile can make the person seems friendly as compared to others. Apart from me, most of the people don’t prefer talking to a person with a serious look as it appears that he might not have the same sense of humor as you possessed and might take things more seriously as compared to what it should. Thus, I have always talked to people with a friendly look as compared to serious look people. It’s quite apparent as the facial expressions portray the personality of the other person.
Dressing sense plays a vital role in perceiving the people. I have experienced a lot of people at various events who dressed well and those who wore untidy clothes. After comparing and analyzing both different people, people with well-dressed getup seem to be classier and attractive as compared to other people. Hence, people love to stay in the company of those people with clean clothes and avoid having in touch with untidy people. The clothes of a person tell whether a person cares about his personality in front of others or doesn’t even bother for what others think about him. I have seen people with attractive and well-dressed looks getting more favors and awarded high starting salaries. Moreover, people dressed in business suits are thought to be professionals.
Eye contact is also one factor that influences my perception of others. Maintaining good eye contact and greeting people in various meetings demonstrate respect and build relationships. In my past, I have seen people establishing eye contact with individuals and the group as a whole to communicate openness and honesty. These people tend to deliver their message more openly and easily as compared to other people who are not able to maintain eye contact. Eye contact usually reflects the confidence of the person. People that can establish eye contact are often exposed to more opportunities.