You know that saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression?” It’s true enough, cliché as it may be. But whether we can make a good first impression isn’t quite as within our control as we may think.
The research is only about perception and does not make claims about how honest or trustworthy a person really is. And the thing about a face is that people are kinda stuck with ’em. Most of us, anyway. So mind your instincts, but also keep this other familiar expression in mind — cliché as it may also be — when you’re out to meet new people: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Related: How do people’s voices play into first impressions? (via NPR)