If you’re hard on yourself about how you come off in social situations, especially when it comes to making first impressions, you’re not alone. But there’s good news. A recent study published in the Association for Psychological Science suggests that the people you meet probably like you more than you think.
“Our research suggests that accurately estimating how much a new conversation partner likes us — even though this a fundamental part of social life and something we have ample practice with — is a much more difficult task than we imagine,” say co-authors Erica Boothby, a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University, and Gus Cooney, a social psychologist at Harvard University.
In the first of a series of experiments, the researchers provided pairs of students with ice-breakers for five-minute conversations. The students then independently answered questions about how much they liked their conversation partner and how much they thought their conversation partner liked them.
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